Cop­pell mayor ap­par­ently shot daugh­ter, self, po­lice say

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE -

COP­PELL — Four notes were found at a home where the mayor of an up­scale Dal­las sub­urb ap­par­ently shot her 19-year-old daugh­ter to death be­fore fa­tally shoot­ing her­self, po­lice said Wed­nes­day.

An en­ve­lope taped to the front door of Mayor Jayne Peters’ home con­tained a key to the house and a typed note warn­ing po­lice that they would find some­thing un­pleas­ant in­side, Cop­pell Deputy Po­lice Chief Steve Thomas said. Three other notes con­tained in­struc­tions for man­ag­ing fam­ily af­fairs but did not pro­vide ex­pla­na­tions for the deaths of Peters, 55, and her daugh­ter, Corinne.

Po­lice found the bod­ies Tues­day af­ter the mayor failed to show up at a City Coun­cil meet­ing. The Dal­las County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice ruled Wed­nes­day that the case should be of­fi­cially clas­si­fied as a homi­cide-sui­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Both died from sin­gle gun­shot wounds from a semiau­to­matic hand­gun, offi- cials said. Thomas said there were no signs of a strug­gle.

Coun­cil Mem­ber Bob Ma­ha­lik, who is now act­ing mayor, said he had a gut feel­ing some­thing wasn’t right when the mayor didn’t turn up for the meet­ing. “But nowhere in your wildest dreams did you think it would be that far not right,” he said.

Peters was a con­tract soft­ware de­vel­oper who had served as mayor of Cop­pell, a city of 40,000 about 15 miles north­west of Dal­las, for a year. Her hus­band, Don­ald Peters, died of can­cer in 2008 at the age of 58.

Corinne Peters grad­u­ated from Cop­pell High School this year, and a class­mate said she was bound for the Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Austin.

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Corinne Peters, who grad­u­ated from Cop­pell High School last month and was bound for UT, was found dead Tues­day.

Jayne Peters was mayor of Dal­las sub­urb for a year.

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