Police in Rowlett said a judge found slain at her home apparently was shot and killed by her husband, who then took his own life.
Police on Monday identified the pair as 52-year-old Belinda Loveland, who was an attorney and a juvenile court judge for the Dallas-area city, and 59-year-old Richard Loveland.
Police around 5 p.m. Sunday received an emergency call from Dustin Loveland, who said he had received a text message from his father saying that he had killed his mother.
Officers who entered the couple's residence discovered the two bodies. Police say it appears that Richard Loveland shot his spouse, then turned the gun on himself.
“Her death is a tragic loss to the City of Rowlett as an organization as well as to the community,” said Mayor John Harper. “Judge Loveland cared deeply about helping the youth of our community. For those young people who came through her court, she was passionate about helping them in hopes of changing their lives for the better.”
“Judge Loveland was a very good judge, who made real difference in the lives of many of Rowlett’s youth,” said City Manager Lynda Humble. “Her tragic death has created a profound loss in our organization that can’t be replaced. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends as we all mourn her loss.”
The deaths remain under investigation.
Rowlett is a city of 56,000, located 15 miles northeast of Dallas.