UPDATE AT BOTTOM:
Investigators with the Springfield Police Department believe that the shooting deaths of Clifford Moad and Christy Willmon yesterday were the result of a murder-suicide during a heated domestic disturbance.
In a news release the SPD said, "Preliminary investigation has determined that Mr. Moad and Ms. Willmon (below) became involved in a domestic disturbance on the morning of February 24, 2009, when they both entered the bedroom and were arguing when multiple gunshots were fired."
It appears that Willmon sustained two wounds to the head to the head and Mr. Moad suffered one wound to the head. No other persons were present in the room when the shooting occurred.
A police spokesman said that investigators recovered a single firearm at the crime scene; and he would not speculate on whom fired the shots until forensics and autopsies were completed on both Moad and Willmon.
Police had responded to Moad's rented home at 3226 W. Kearney Street at least six times in the past year and a half for domestic disturbance, assault and burglary.
Moad had applied for orders of protection against Willmon a couple of different times. In an application on one of the orders of protection Moad said his ex-girlfriend (Willmon) had run over him with a car, breaking his leg.
In another, Moad said that Willmon and threatened him with a knife.
Online court documents indicate that Moad didn't show up in court to follow through with the ex-parte's....so the orders of protection were dismissed.
Willmon's two children who were present in the home when the shooting occurred have been placed in the care of relatives.
Investigators have concluded that the manner of death in which Moad and Willmon died was murder-suicide with Mr. Moad firing two bullets into Ms. Willmon's head before he turned the gun on himself.
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FULL PRESS RELEASE:
The Springfield Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the death of Clifford W. Moad – 59 years of age and Christy D. Willmon – 26 year of age.
Preliminary investigation has determined that Mr. Moad and Mrs. Willmon became involved in a domestic disturbance on the morning of February 24, 2009. Both entered the bedroom and were arguing when multiple gunshots were fired. It appears Mrs. Willmon sustained two wounds to the head to the head and Mr. Moad suffered one wound to the head. No other persons were present in the room when the shooting occurred.
There were two children present in the home when the shooting occurred who are the children of Mrs. Willmon. The children have been placed in the care of relatives. They were uninjured during the altercation.
Autopsies are scheduled to occur later today.
Criminal Investigators continue to conduct follow-up interviews with persons who are familiar with Mr. Moad and Mrs. Willmon. Evidence collected at the scene has been sent to the Missouri State Laboratory for testing.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.