Crime & Courts

Shooting death ruled homicide

MYRTLE BEACH -- Coroner's reports released Monday on a Murrells Inlet couple found dead of gunshot wounds in their home Jan. 3 concluded that the woman's death was a homicide. The official cause of her husband's death is pending.

The reports were released Monday to The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News in response to a Freedom of Information Act request on Jan. 5.

The bodies of Richard Lawhon, and his wife, Hannah Lawhon, both 30, were found in the living room of their Mount Gilead Place home, with a Glock pistol and several spent shells near them, Horry County police said.

Police said Monday they are finished with their investigation and believe test results will confirm what they suspect, which is that the killings are a murder and suicide, said Sgt. Robert Kegler, public information officer with the Horry County Police Department.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said the cause and manner of Richard Lawhon's death is listed as pending on the report because they are "waiting for gun residue tests to come back to make sure he was the one that shot the gun."

Coroners said Hannah Lawhon was shot several times; Richard Lawhon was shot once.

-- The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News