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|Two dead after domestic dispute|
Louisiana State Police detectives suspect murder-suicide in the shooting deaths of 33-year-old Laurie Williamson Poland, and 33-year-old Jason Muckelrath, both of Winnsboro.
Franklin Parish sheriff's deputies responded to Muckelrath Road after receiving a 911 call that a domestic disturbance was in progress.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found both Muckelrath and Poland with gunshot wounds.
Muckelrath was transported to Franklin Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, where he later died. Poland was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin Parish Coroner's Office.
A spokesperson for the Poland family said that Muckelrath fatally shot Poland inside a black SUV during the domestic dispute at Muckelrath's parents house at 118 Muckelrath Road.
The investigation is on-going and authorities can not confirm details until autopsy results are back and the investigation is complete.
"We can't say anything that might jeopardize the investigation," said Mark Dennis, Louisiana State Trooper. "We have to wait until the investigation is complete."
Bodies were sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner's Office in Little Rock for autopsies.
On Monday, the Apostolic Faith Chapel in Gilbert was packed with people to mourn Poland's death. Interment followed at Eva Church Of God Cemetery in Monterey. A motorcade of about 20 motorcycles lead the funeral procession.
Lisa Roberts of Wisner was a co-worker of Poland. "She was not the lawyer that one tends to dislike," Roberts said. "She had a genuine concern for the best interest of the children. I am going to take my special memories I have of her to help fill the void and hurt."
Poland did not have any children, but she did leave behind a husband. "She was the love of my life and I will love her forever," Michael Poland said. "This is such a tragedy."
Poland's twin sister, Julie Carrington, is having a hard time letting go. "A part of me is gone now," Carrington said as she wiped away tears. "This was such a senseless act."
Muckelrath and Poland were childhood friends, both attending Franklin Academy together.
Poland worked as a lawyer for the Louisiana Department of Social Services. Muckelrath was a truck driver for the pipeline industry.