Police investigating apparent murder-suicide

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A 31-year-old man is believed to have killed his mother and himself Monday in what Flower Mound police are investigating as a murder-suicide, Capt. Richard Brooks said.

The bodies of Deborah Wilner, 57, and her son, Eric Wilner, 31, were found in a pool of blood inside the home in the 1500 block of River Birch Drive, Brooks said Tuesday.

They apparently died from massive blood loss caused by lacerations from a knife and a razor blade found at the scene, police said.

It is the first homicide in Denton County this year, and the first death believed to stem from family violence. The Denton Record-Chronicle is joining The Dallas Morning News in tracking and focusing on domestic violence homicides this year in Dallas, Denton, Collin and Rockwall counties in a ongoing series called “Deadly Affection.”

The bodies were discovered by a man in the home, identified as Deborah Wilner’s husband and Eric Wilner’s father, Brooks said. Police received a 911 call at about 1:10 p.m. Monday from the man, whose identity was not released.

“He was asleep in the house at the time and when he woke up, that’s what he found,” Brooks said.

Officials said the man did not report hearing any sounds while he was sleeping.

Brooks said a preliminary investigation is treating the incident as a murder-suicide. Eric Wilner is believed to have killed Deborah Wilner before taking his own life, Brooks said. Investigators found a possible suicide note at the residence, he said.

Police have found no indication that Eric Wilner was suffering from any type of mental health issues, Brooks said.

Eric Wilner is listed in Denton County Jail records as having two arrests, one by the University of North Texas police in 2009 and another in October of last year. In each arrest he was charged with both driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

Police said they had no prior history of problems at the home, except for a reported burglary.

Denton County had 1,190 cases of family violence in 2012, including homicides, assaults, kidnapping, robbery, and forcible and nonforcible sex offenses. Most were assaults.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.


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