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Motive unknown in septuagenarian murder-suicide

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

The motivation for the apparent murder-suicide, which left a 77-year-old and 72-year-old dead, will probably never be clear, Clayton County police said Monday.

"There's one guy who knows and he's dead," said Capt. Greg Dickens, police department spokesman. "It's always going to be speculation, because nobody knows for sure."

Police responded to reports of "shots fired" at 10229 Fox Fire Terrace at 10:40 p.m., Saturday, and arrived to find Lenoard Peru Wilson, Sr., 72, dead in a hospital bed. He looked pale, according to police reports, and he had a gunshot wound to his right arm and a large cut on his throat. The cut was covered by a white towel, draped over his neck and shoulder, when police arrived.

Wilson's wife, 74-year-old Annie Mae Wilson, was alert, conscious and covered in blood. Her shirt and pants were soaked, police said, and she'd been shot in the upper torso. Annie Mae Wilson was the one who called 911, reporting she and her husband had been shot by her brother, Harold Reacon Howard. She didn't tell the 911 operator what happened, or how the shooting started, but told them she heard another shot while she was on the phone.

Both of the men were seriously sick, according to police, and Annie Mae Wilson was the primary caregiver at the Fox Fire Terrace home.

When police arrived, Annie Mae Wilson didn't say anything, except to ask if her husband was OK.

Her husband was dead. There was blood on the floor around his sick bed and a trail of it down the hallway, to a back bedroom.

In the bedroom, Howard was on the floor on his right side. There was a bullet wound to his head and a small, Smith & Wesson revolver by the bed, according to police reports.

The triple shooting was reported as a murder-suicide, and turned over to Detective Michael Christian for investigation, but on Monday, police didn't think there were many answers to be had.

Annie Mae Wilson was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, and remained there, three days later, in critical but stable condition. She had not yet spoken to police.

"We won't know anything," Dickens said, "until the woman gets out of the hospital." He said she would then have to see to arrangements for her husband's funeral.