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Police investigate homicide-suicide

A Rock Hill couple died in a Charleston hotel in what authorities are calling a homicide-suicide.

James "Jim" Roy Kelly Jr., 57, of 772 Atherton Way died Saturday from a gunshot wound at the Holiday Express on Savannah Highway in Charleston, said Charleston County Chief Deputy Coroner Judy Koelpin.

Joyce Kelly, 58, also died from a gunshot wound, Koelpin said.

"It has been determined that it's a homicide-suicide," Koelpin said. "She is the suicide, and he is the homicide."

Koelpin declined to say how many times or where either person was shot. Autopsies were completed Sunday, said Koelpin, who declined to release further details.

Officials are not clear about a specific timeline for the deaths. Officials believe the incident happened between 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Koelpin said.

'We never saw it coming'

James Kelly's daughter-in-law, Jeana, said the couple was vacationing.

"We're all shocked," she said. "We never saw it coming."

A police report on the deaths was unavailable Tuesday night. However, the bodies were discovered around 2 p.m. Sunday, said Charles Francis, public information officer with the Charleston Police Department.

"People staying in an adjacent room said they heard some shots," Francis said.

According to The (Charleston) Post & Courier reports, the couple was supposed to vacate room No. 114 on Sunday. After check-out time, a manager called the room numerous times. When he unlocked the door around 2:30 p.m., he found the couple unresponsive, the Post & Courier reported.

A note was discovered; however, Francis declined to reveal its contents or who wrote it. Police also discovered a gun in the room but declined to reveal the type of weapon or the number of shell casings found.

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