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Mar 16, 2013 7:42 PM

Two Dead In Murder-Suicide In Casey County

State Police say a Casey County man killed his girlfriend and then took his own life. It happened Friday night at the home of a friend of the woman killed. That woman spoke out about what happened to LEX 18.

It was in Gravel Switch where a tumultuous relationship came to a tragic end. "He was pretty violent with her, a lot. I think she always feared that this would happen," says Dianne Reynolds, the neighbor of the victims.

Police say 61-year-old George Merrick killed his longtime girlfriend, 52-year-old Judith Duncil.

This had been going on for quite a few years and she was staying with me, I was just trying to help her out," says Reynolds.

Reynolds was a friend of Duncil's. "She was a really kind-hearted person she was always helping everybody," she remembers.

The shooting happened at Reynold's Little South Road home in Gravel Switch, where Duncil had been staying the past couple of weeks.

Reynolds says she heard Merrick arrive at her house late Friday night, driving up onto her walkway and her lawn, getting out and then getting into a verbal argument with Duncil. Reynolds says she heard the two yelling and then suddenly it stopped. "She was screaming and then I heard two shots and I peaked out the window and he had shot her," remembers Reynolds. "I locked the door and called 911. I didn't hear what went on after that."

Merrick, Police say, had then turned the gun on himself. Reynolds hopes her friend is remembered for her kindness. "She had an uplifting spirit and she never had anything negative to say about anyone. She was very intelligent, but she could relate to anyone," says Reynolds.

State Police are still investigating the shooting.

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