Greene County Double Homicide Investigation Continues


Details are continuing to emerge surrounding the double murder suicide investigation that took place Tuesday in Greene County.

Tuesday morning, police were called to the 7000 block of of SR 43 about 1.5 miles south of Hendricksville.

Once there, they found the bodies of 73-year-old Peggy J. Burks, 57-year-old Debra K. Floyd, and 71-year-old Lawrence T. Burks, all of Solsberry. 

Wednesday, a WTWO reporter traveled to the Greene County Superior Court and obtained several case summaries involving Lawrence T. Burks, including multiple protection orders and a petition for divorce.

Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw confirmed that the Lawrence T. Burks named at least three of the petitions for orders of protection, which were filed by Peggy Burks and a sister- and brother-in-law. 

Records also show that Peggy Burks filed a petition for divorce on August 21 and her husband countered by filing against her the following day.

A court hearing in the divorce initially scheduled for 11 am on September 19 was rescheduled for September 27th. Peggy Banks had sent a letter objecting the delay.

Records also indicate that Lawrence Burks filed a petition to dissolve the marriage in May of 2013, but the file was dismissed five days ago.

A WTWO reporter spoke to Peggy Burks’ first cousin on Wednesday, and while he didn’t want to speak on camera, he spoke about growing up in the area with Peggy and her sisters, and said the family is in sorrow over what happened yesterday.

Law enforcement has not released a motive or a cause of death for the case yet. 

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