Coppell mayor apparently shot daughter, self, police say
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.
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.