GBI: Three Dead in Murder / Suicide in Tift County

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Tifton, Georgia -- March 27, 2012 -

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued a press release detailing their investigation on what they say is a murder suicide.
They say that evidence indicates that Darrell Ward shot and killed James and Shirley Peters in their home late Sunday night.

He also shot his ex-wife, Kayla Peters, but she survived. Ward then shot himself in the chest. Relatives of the Peters' family say that Kayla divorced Ward two weeks ago.

"The cops they had the road blocked off from Mitchell Store down to 319, on both ends. They wouldn't let anybody down, wouldn't tell anyone anything, it wasn't until a couple hours afterwards that we found out what happened," said one of the Peters' neigbors, only wanting to be identified as Heather.

Relatives said that Kayla's condition was improving, and that they had informed her on Tuesday afternoon that her parents had been killed.

Tifton, Georgia – March 27, 2012 -

On Monday, March 26, 2012, at 7:30 a.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Sylvester Office and the Tift County Sheriff’s Office began a joint investigation into a murder /suicide that occurred in Tift County Georgia. Two adults discovered deceased inside the residence located at 103 Iniss Road, Tifton, Georgia, have been identified as James Williams Peters, Sr., approximately 57 years of age and Shirley Ann Peters, approximately 53 years of age. Both had sustained what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

A third person also found deceased at the residence was identified as Darrell Dewayne Ward, approximately 43 years of age, who had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.

So far, the crime scene examination and interviews conducted by the GBI and the Tift County authorities indicate that sometime after 10 p.m. on March 25, 2012, Darrell Ward drove to the Peters’ residence, armed with a handgun, and mortally wounded James and Shirley Peters, shot their daughter, and then fatally shot himself. The daughter is expected to recover from the injuries that she sustained during the attack.

The bodies of the deceased are being transported to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsies.

The investigation by the GBI, Tift County Sheriff’s Office and the Tift County Coroner’s Office continues.

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