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Louisville couple's on-again, off-again marriage ends in murder-suicide

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An-on-again, off-again marriage has ended in a murder-suicide, according to police, with the husband and wife both dead. It's a tragic end to a four-year divorce battle that turned horribly wrong this week.

When Shaun Lynch moved onto Mud Lane 14 years ago, the couple next door were newlyweds.

"It's hard to believe man, it really is," Lynch said. "Yeah, they was good people."

Thursday night, he saw the end of that marriage.

"As soon as I went out and seen what was going on, I knew something bad happened," Lynch said.

Police said 62 year old Morris Beasley shot his wife 60 year old Cynthia Beasley in the chest and then turned the gun on himself. Cynthia's daughter from a prior relationship found the couple in their home around 8:30pm.

"She was just yelling, 'Mom! Mom! Mom!'" Lynch said. 

Court records reveal Morris Beasley filed for divorce in 2010. The couple went to mediation and counseling and eventually reconciled, though in March, Morris started proceedings again and a divorce trial was set for March of 2015.

Family members said Cynthia had moved her new boyfriend into the couple's other home in Shepherdsville. The Mud lane property doubled as both house and business. Cynthia did taxes inside, while Morris fixed transmissions in the garage.

Lynch said that on Monday, Cynthia's boyfriend came by to see Morris.

"They were just yelling at each other, and I was going to go over there, but Morris had his buddy with him and he called the cops," Lynch said. "And when he called the cops, they left."

Police confirmed a domestic run to that location earlier in this week, and that they'd made several others trips for Morris and Cynthia Beasley.

"This simply did not have to happen," said Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell. "There are things that happen in life and this did not have to be one of them."

Morris Beasly's daughter, Katrina Willis said, "I believe my father is a good man who loved his family and his wife dearly, even after everything that they've been through. The normal him would have never done this. He had to have been outside of himself. I fell sorry for everyone involved."

The Beasley's mark Louisville tenth domestic violence murder this year.

"I just feel sorry for the family man," Lynch said.

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