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2 dead in murder-suicide in Hardin County

Two people are dead in what has been confirmed as a murder-suicide on Johnson Lane in Hardin County.

HARDIN COUNTY — Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis has confirmed that there was a fatal shooting on Johnson Lane in Hardin County, around 6:30 p.m. Sunday night.

The pair were boyfriend and girlfriend, and, according to Sheriff Davis, it has been ruled a murder-suicide.

The victim has been identified as Stacy Revia Ladd, 42, of Lumberton. The suspect has been identified as James Luther Conterez, 38, of Oklahoma.

Officials say they found both bodies dead inside the home on the 6000 block of Johnson.

Neighbors reported hearing 5 gunshots.

We will continue to update with more confirmed information as it becomes available.

From Hardin County Sheriff's Office...


The victim is identified as Stacy Revia Ladd, 42, of Lumberton. The suspect is James Luther Conterez, 38, from Oklahoma. It is believed that Conterez was working construction work in the Golden Triangle area for the past six months and was living with Ladd at her home in Lumberton. Autopsies are pending on both. No further info to provide at this time.


At 6:30 p.m. this evening, the Hardin County Sheriff's Office responded to the 6500 block of Johnson Lane in Lumberton regarding a domestic disturbance involving gunfire. Deputies arrived on the scene and discovered two bodies. They appeared to have died from gunshot wounds. The deceased are described as a 42-year-old white female and a 38-year-old white male. They appeared to live together at the location as boyfriend and girlfriend. The scene is contained and Investigators are not searching for anyone else involved. The incident appears to be a murder-suicide whereby the female was shot by the male, then he took his own life by gunfire. Investigators are continuing to work throughout the evening. The names of the victim and assailant will not be released tonight pending notification of next of kin.

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