A couple found dead last week inside their Fort Worth apartment apparently died in a murder-suicide, police said Monday.
Clark Griffin, 52, and Irma Howard, 50, were found dead the evening of Oct. 17 inside their apartment in the 5900 block of Callaston Lane.
Though cause and manner of deaths remained pending toxicology tests, homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said investigators suspect that the deaths were a result of a murder-suicide.
He said a decision has yet to be confirmed by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office, however, regarding who killed whom.
Carol Lawson, a spokeswoman with the medical examiner’s office, said it is estimated to be mid-January before the testing results, and therefore autopsy reports, are completed.
The bodies were found after neighbors smelled an odor coming from the apartment. No note had been left behind, Loughman said.
The couple were believed common-law married.
Tarrant County court records show Clark was convicted in February 2011 of misdemeanor assault and sentenced to 30 days in jail for hitting Howard.
Howard was charged in June 2007 with aggravated assault for attacking a different man with a knife and cellphone. Court records show she pleaded guilty in February 2008 to the lesser charge of misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to one year in jail.