Covington County Murder-Suicide Investigation

The shooting deaths of two people in the small Covington County town of Gantt appear to be a case of murder and suicide.

The bodies of 28-year-old Sterling Andrew Ward and 44-year-old Bette Darlene Johnson were discovered in a home on Chance Avenue in Gantt late yesterday afternoon.

Autopsies were performed Thursday.

Investigators say evidence indicates that ward shot Johnson before turning the gun on himself.

A motive for the shootings has not been released.


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  • by MARY KING Location: PENSACOLA FL on Nov 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    Carolyn and Lonnie, i am so very sorry . I have Darlene in every teenage memory in my head! She gave me a fun life and she was always there for me. I always knew she was there, even if we didnt talk for a year or so. we always knew each other would always be there no matter what. i'm so sorry. i miss her terribly. loved her like a sister. we were all family. noon will probably ever read this.. but my email is here just in case someone who knew Darlene does.
  • by JENNIFER Location: PENSACOLA on Oct 1, 2008 at 09:16 PM
    THIS IS A TERRIBLE EVENT I FOUND OUT 1 YEAR LATER...CAN I SAY DARLENE WAS A BEAUTIFUL WOMEN WHO SPOKE OF BOTH HER PARENTS HIGHLY ....SHE LOVED BOTH OF YOU SO MUCH...SHE SPARKED WITH ENERGY/// SHE BOAST OF BOTH HER PARENTS...SHE LOVES YOU SO MUCH....MRS JOHNSON MR JOHNSON...YOU HAVE MY PRAYERS FOREVER ...YOUR DAUGHTER...WAS A DIAMOND IN THE RUFF,,,,A BEAUTIFUL MEMORY....PLEASE KNOW HOW MUCH SHE LOVES YOU...SHE WANTS YOU TOO LIVE TOO WALK///ON TRAILS SEE THE BEAUTY GOD MADE...YOU WILL MEET AGAIN,,,TODAY HOLD EACHOTHER AND PRAY....YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER WAITING PATIENTLY////I LOVE YOU
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