TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Some guests at the home of a couple married just hours before noticed tension between them, but authorities said they had no indication what sparked the violence that would leave the two dead in an apparent murder-suicide.
About a dozen friends and relatives gathered for an after-party at the home of George “Scott” Samson, 54, and Kelly Ecker Samson, 50, following a wedding reception Saturday night at a Terre Haute banquet center, the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department said.
Witnesses told detectives George Samson left without his wife after becoming irritated near the end of the reception, and some guests saw that they weren’t talking with each other during the after-party. Investigators haven’t determined what led to the argument, Sheriff Greg Ewing told the Tribune-Star.
“We’re talking to attendees at the wedding, but we will never know the reason why,” Ewing said.
Only Kelly Samson’s young son and George Samson’s parents remained at the house when she made the first of four 911 calls within a few minutes starting about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, according to a sheriff’s department report.
Kelly Samson told a dispatcher her husband had threatened to kill her, but gave an incorrect street address for the house a couple miles east of Terre Haute. During the final call, a dispatcher heard screams and multiple possible gunshots.
Deputies arrived to find Kelly Samson dead in a bedroom from gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The others there were safely removed from the house and a SWAT team later said George Samson was dead in the basement from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators found 90 to 100 guns – including rifles, handguns, silencers and fully automatic weapons – and a store of ammunition in the house, Ewing said. George Samson was registered with federal officials as a firearms dealer. Ewing said the guns have been seized for safekeeping for now.
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