Husband Shoots Wife, Self Dead Hours After Their Wedding

George “Scott” Samson, an Indiana doctor, shot his wife Kelly Ecker dead last Sunday during a heated argument hours after they exchanged vows at the altar. Witnesses say that the incident occurred at their wedding party, which was being held at Samson’s residence in Terre Haute, Indiana. Samson, who married Ecker Saturday evening, reportedly shot his bride several times in the torso early Sunday morning before turning his.45 caliber on himself.

The Indy Star reported that Samson and his new bride, Ecker, began arguing towards the end of the wedding reception. Allegedly, the two exchanged words regarding their pre-nup arrangements, with Samson reportedly telling Ecker that she would “never get her hands on his money.” According to Vigo County Chief Deputy Sheriff Clark Cottom, the argument between the two was so intense that it caused guests to become uncomfortable, prompting them to leave the wedding. Three minutes after the last guest left the premises, local officers received the first of three 911 calls made by Ecker.

“The investigation has revealed that there was a verbal argument between the couple toward the end of the reception, which carried over to the after party at the couple’s home,”

Cottom says Ecker’s first two calls to local authorities were disconnected.

“Shortly after the last guest left at around 1:17 a.m., Kelly Ecker Samson called 911 reporting that her husband had threatened to kill her. There were a total of three very brief 911 calls, which in the first two the caller disconnected.”

On the third call, 911 responders say they heard what was thought to be multiple gunshots being fired in the background, cutting further communication with Kelly Ecker. Thirty minutes later, police officers arrived at the Samson residence, where they discovered Ecker’s body riddled with bullets on the torso. They also found Samson in the basement with a bullet in the head. Both were found dead on the scene. A second autopsy is being conducted to verify the events leading to their deaths.

According to the Daily Mail, Samson, an anesthesiologist by profession, held a Federal Firearms License, allowing him to trade firearms in his residence. Upon arriving at the scene, police officers were able to discover an array of firearms inside Samson’s mansion, including hand guns, rifles, and several rounds of ammunition.

George Samson, 54, was a physician at the Union Hospital, where Ecker also worked as a nurse.

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