published Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Man kills aunt and himself while wife's in the shower

352 County Road 754
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A Riceville, Tenn., man is believed to have shot his elderly aunt to death Tuesday before turning the gun on himself.

Sources said the McMinn County Sheriff's Office got a call from 352 County Road 754 saying only, "murder suicide."

Records show the property belongs to Kenneth Dickson and his wife, Catherine.

WATE-TV in Knoxville reported that deputies went to the home, where they found Kenneth Dickson, 65, outside the back of the home, dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. Inside, they found Kenneth Dickson's aunt, Helena Spect, 85, dead in her bed of apparent asphyxiation.

According to WATE, Catherine Dickson, 67, told officers she had been in the shower.

Sheriff Joe Guy told the television station that evidence pointed to problems between Dickson and the aunt.

The bodies were sent to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for autopsies and the investigation continues.

about Judy Walton...

Judy Walton has worked 25 years at the Chattanooga Times and the Times Free Press as an editor and reporter focusing on government coverage and investigations. At various times she has been an assistant metro editor, region reporter and editor, county government reporter, government-beat team leader, features editor and page designer. Originally from California, Walton was brought up in a military family and attended a dozen schools across the country. She earned a journalism degree ...

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