Two People Dead After Custody Dispute
POSTED: 4:31 pm EST February 14, 2011
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Johnson City police now say two people died in a weekend murder-suicide.
According to Johnson City police, the two were found with gunshot wounds on the floor of a home on Long Street just before 10:30 Saturday morning.
Police tell us 33-year-old Rebecca Markland died Saturday night at Johnson City Medical Center.
The father of her child, 31-year-old Frankie Hughes, was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time after the shooting Saturday morning.
Officers say a fight for custody of their child broke-out after Markland stopped by the Long Street house.
The child, who's about a year old, was initially taken into state custody and is now with a family member.
The night before the shooting, police were called to a fight between the parents at a Johnson City motel.
Officers say Hughes made threats to harm Markland and himself and was carrying a suicide note.
They found another note after the shooting on Saturday morning.