Rural Powell couple dead in murder-suicide

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A rural Powell man killed his longtime partner and then himself this (Monday) morning, the Park County Sheriff’s Office says. Authorities say it appears John C. Bright, 74, murdered Mary Ann Bier, 64, at the home the couple shared on Jonathon Road, a couple miles west of Powell off of Lane 8. “The investigation revealed that the victims, although not married, were involved in a long-time, live-in relationship,” Lance Mathess, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release. “However, recently the relationship had soured, and when Bright discovered Bier’s intent to leave him, he became despondent and shot her before turning the gun on himself.” Bright called a family member early this (Monday) morning and told them to come to the house,...

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