Mt. Juliet Shooting Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide

Mt. Juliet Shooting Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide

CREATED Jan 23, 2014

MT. JULIET, Tenn. –Mt. Juliet Police said they have ruled the shooting deaths of an elderly couple inside their home as a murder-suicide.

Autopsy results showed that 80-year-old Betty Wilburn was shot once by her husband, 77-year-old Hubert Wilburn. Wilburn then turned the gun on himself, according to police.

"Our investigators worked very diligently to piece such a heart-breaking and sad incident together," stated Police Chief James Hambrick. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the Betty and Hubert Wilburn, their friends, and loved ones."

Mt. Juliet Police were called the home on Weston Drive around 11 a.m. Tuesday by the couple's son, who found their bodies after going to check on them.

"There are no signs anyone broke into the home, nothing overly suspicious that would lead us to believe we need to be searching for a suspect," said Sgt. Tyler Chandler with the Mt. Juliet Police Department.

"It is what it is we can't go back and change anything. It's just a very sad situation, it shouldn't have ever gotten there, but it did," said Louis Barbeua who lives next door.

Neighbors told NewsChannel 5 they were an elderly couple, and the husband had been struggling to care for his wife, who had dementia.