UPDATE: Armistead and Gail Freeman Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 3:42 pm  

Little Rock Police say Armistead Freeman and his wife Gail were involved in a murder-suicide at their home on 99 El Dorado Drive in Little Rock.

Armistead Freeman, 81, was a former owner of the Pine Bluff Commercial newspaper, sold in 1986 to what was then called Donrey Media, but is now Stephens Media. The family owned the newspaper for four generations.

According to KTHV-TV, Channel 11, just before 8 a.m., police received a call from a man that a murder suicide had taken place at the address, in the Longlea neighborhood of west Little Rock, near Pleasant Valley Country Club.

In a statement to reporters, police said: "It appears that Mr. Freeman shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. The investigation is continuing."

Police Report

According to a police report, police received the phone call at 7:55 a.m. Two police officers came to the house and, after no one responded to their knocked, entered the home.

The officers found the couple "deceased in the kitchen."

The report lists the weapon as a handgun.

Click here (PDF) to view the full police report.

Armistead Freeman was the father of Richard Freeman, owner of Toy Up toy store in west Little Rock, and the brother of Edmond "Ed" Freeman of Little Rock.



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