Parents of Somerset man who died in car wreck are found dead in murder-suicide

jkegley@herald-leader.comJanuary 9, 2013 

The parents of a Somerset man who died in a car wreck last week were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday.

The Pulaski County sheriff's office said Billy Eugene Baugh, 54, and his wife, Shirley Baugh, 53, were found dead at their home on Edwards Road in Somerset about two hours before their son's funeral services.

The Baughs' son, Clarence Baugh, 27, died Jan. 6 when the car he was driving ran off the road in Lincoln County and overturned into a creek. State police said alcohol was suspected to be a factor.

"Family members told investigators that Billy and Shirley were having trouble coping with their son's death and that may have contributed to today's shooting incident," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Sheriff's department investigators ruled that Billy Baugh apparently shot his wife with a handgun before turning the gun on himself. Their bodies were found by a family member who had stopped by about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Lt. Brett Whitaker said.

Clarence Baugh's visitation was held Tuesday night. Funeral services for were scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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