Teach­ers deaths ruled mur­der-sui­cide

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

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.”

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