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AR couple in murder-suicide in process of getting divorced

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Lafayette County, Arkansas Sheriff Victor Rose says protection orders work for those who follow the rules in the order. Lafayette County, Arkansas Sheriff Victor Rose says protection orders work for those who follow the rules in the order.
LAFAYETTE CO., AR (KSLA) -

An investigation into an apparent murder-suicide in Lafayette County, Arkansas continued Friday, and KSLA News 12 has learned that the couple was getting a divorce when the event occurred.

A day after a man investigators believed shot and killed his wife Thursday before turning the gun onto himself, Lafayette County Sheriff Victor Rose read from a protective order issued against him.

"He cannot make contact nor be at the property or residence," Rose recited. "Miss Duck filed the protection order against Mr. Steve Duck."

The protective order was filed in the Lafayette County Courthouse on April 15, and the sheriff says Steve was removed from the residence on April 16.

Duck filed for divorce on May 8, and Rose says his department was aware of the protective order, but "after the process, they have been in contact both verbally and physically."

Asked if there were anything the law could do about such visitation in this case, Rose says "not when they consensually visit one another."

There was no sign of forced entry at the Duck residence, and there was no sign of a physical altercation. This leads investigators to believe this last visit also might have been consensual. Court records show that the Ducks had been married since 1998.

"The protection order works as long as the person follows the rules and guidelines in the order.

Rose says his office is waiting on a report from the Arkansas State Crime Lab before making a final ruling on the deaths.

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