Teachers deaths ruled murder-suicide
The death of two teachers in Newton County has been ruled a murder-suicide following an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and the Coroner’s Office.
Robert and Lendene Dendy, 44 and 39, both died of gunshot wounds. Robert Dendy’s was self-inflicted, according to Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Cortney Morrison.
“The family hasn’t released a motive, and we haven’t been able to uncover one,” Morrison said.
The couple was found dead around 7:45 a.m. Monday by a family member, according to Morrison and county Coroner Tommy Davis. The initial call came in to dispatch as a possible suicide, though Davis initially said the cause and manner of death was being withheld pending the outcome of the investigation by the NCSO and the coroner’s office. Autopsies were performed on the couple Tuesday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Medical Examiner.
Lendene Dendy was a popular third grade teacher at Live Oak Elementary. Robert Dendy was a teacher at Edwards Middle School in Conyers from 2006-
2011 as a physical education teacher and athletic director, according to Cindy Ball, executive director of information for Rockdale County schools. She said she did not know why he left his position there.
“Our school community is deeply saddened by Ms. Dendy’s death,” said Live Oak Elementary Principal Ericka Anderson in an email Tuesday. “Ms. Dendy was a gifted teacher who truly had our students’ best interest at heart. To us, her legacy will always be the love, dedication and commitment she displayed to not only her personal family but also to her school family.”