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Murder Suicide In Garland County

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There are still a lot of questions unanswered about the murder suicide in Garland County last night near Hot Springs. Police are investigating how three family members ended up dead inside their home.

All of this started with a welfare call. Police noticed an unresponsive body on the 800 block of Blacksnake road. So they forced entry and found 3 members of the Ritter family dead. Those people include 50-year-old Judy Denise Ritter, 49-year-old David Ritter and 23-year-old Jonathan Ritter.

Garland County Lieutenant James Martin couldn't release the details of what the house looked like after they found the Ritter's bodies, but did tell KATV that the investigation leads them to believe that Jonathan killed his parents before he turned the gun on himself.

KATV got a hold of Carolyn Ritter, the mother of David. She explained to KATV that David and his Wife, Judy-Denise were high school sweethearts. They've been married for 30 years. Carolyn went on to describe her grandson Jonathan as "different".  But explained that she thought it was just part of growing up.

Funeral arrangements haven't been made due to the bodies being used in the investigation. Carolyn tells KATV that they are more likely to have a memorial service because she believes the bodies could have been in their home for up to 3 days.