Leroy Township Deaths Murder-Suicide

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

"We believe that Clyde Lucas murdered his wife Bonita," Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth explained, "and then turned the gun on himself."

His office identified the couple found dead Friday as Clyde Lucas and Bonita Lucas, known as Bonnie.

The forensics, he says, can prove who did what and when in the master bedroom of this house on Grand River Ave. just east of Williamston. A cleaning lady discovered both bodies Friday, and found Clyde Lucas' rifle at his feet.

The forensics, so far, can't explain how this unhappy ending came to a couple who'd enjoyed the humor of their name pairing--Bonnie and Clyde--for 17 years.

Sheriff Wriggelsworth says he's not sure they'll ever know why this murder-suicide happened.

Neighbors tell us the 59-year-old Lucases spent time in their retirement touring the country in the mobile home they kept in the garage. They called them nice people who kept to themselves.

The sheriff stresses a concern many in Williamston expressed about safety is really unnecessary given the facts of this case.

"The fact that we've determined that this wasn't some kind of random robbery or something like that, I think it's important for the community to know that the Williamston area is not in any grave danger," he said, at a press conference Monday.

The Lucases did not have a history of domestic abuse calls with Ingham County. They had been visited several times recently for medical concerns.

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