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Three bodies found in Butler home

| Monday, Dec. 25, 2006

A Butler man fatally shot his live-in girlfriend and her 17-year-old son this afternoon before turning a gun on himself in what police are calling an apparent double murder/suicide, police said.

Joel E. Bodley, 60, who called 911 shortly after 3 p.m. and moments before the shootings, was found on a couch in the living room of a house in the 200 block of West Boyd Avenue with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Debby J. Chuba, 55, who neighbors said was Bodley's girlfriend, was found dead in a second-floor bedroom and was shot with a small-caliber weapon at close range. Her son, Andrew S. Chuba, was found dead in the basement, also shot with a small-caliber weapon at close range, police said.

Investigators recovered a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun, which they believe was used in the three shootings, police said.

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