Deaths of Couple in Killingworth Ruled Murder-Suicide

The deaths of a couple in Killingworth have been ruled murder-suicide and officials said Billy W. Newman killed his estranged wife, Lauren Beebe, and committed suicide.

State troopers responded to a home at 8 Route 148 in Killingworth, near the Chester town line, 8:25 a.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and found the bodies of Newman, 57, and Beebe, 48, in a room.

Beebe was murdered and Newman shot himself and took his own life, according the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and state police.

Beebe was a veterinarian at Killingworth Animal Hospital, according to a neighbor and a biography for Dr. Beebe said family ties drew her back to Connecticut from Louisiana.

"She took care of my cat, who had an eye issue, and (was) very professional, sweet, quiet,” Stacey Hathaway, of Killingly, said.

According to online court records, a Lauren Beebe and Billy Newman were going through a divorce. A complaint was filed on Nov. 4.

Two children who were in the home have been placed with family members.

State police responding to a report of a disturbance in Killingworth found the bodies of a male and female and said two children who were in the home have been placed with family members.

A sign on the driveway says Halcyon Days Farm and neighbors said a couple and their children live in the house.

State Police Major Crimes has taken over the case.

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