(GA) Man shoots his wife dead with one shot-then himself



Effingham deaths ruled murder-suicide

Posted: March 17, 2010 - 12:15am

An Effingham County investigator David Pollett speaks to Danielle Best, granddaughter of the Wiggins, as she arrives at the crime scene Monday. (DeAnn Komanecky/Effingham Now)


By Savannah Morning News

SPRINGFIELD - Investigators have ruled murder-suicide in the deaths of an Effingham County couple found dead Monday at their home in the Eden community.

Effingham County sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said Tuesday the investigation had revealed Robbie Wiggins, 65, fatally shot his wife, Irene Wiggins, 61, at their Holly Drive home, then turned the gun on himself.

Autopsies were conducted Tuesday morning at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Savannah.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the home at 161 Holly Drive, off U.S. 80, about 10:40 a.m. Monday on a report of gunshots.

When deputies arrived, they found the body of Irene Wiggins in the home's backyard and that of Robbie Wiggins inside the home.

Ehsanipoor said each had apparently died of a single gunshot wound.

Robbie Wiggins' body was found just inside the back door of the home, and a .357-caliber revolver was found in the general vicinity of the body, Ehsanipoor said.

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