Reading from a statement about to be released, Sheriff Joey Terrell said, “The ongoing investigation by the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI into the deaths of Nancy and Bruce Schaefer indicate that Bruce Schaefer shot his wife once then turned the gun on himself.”
Terrell said a handgun was found near the body of Bruce Schaefer and that several letters written by him to family members were found in the home, including a suicide note.
Law enforcement officials believe Nancy Schaefer was asleep when she was shot, likely on Friday morning, Terrell said.
For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2008 PRESS RELEASE
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Senator Nancy Schaefer will not seek re-election for District 50 but plans to qualify for 10th Congressional seat.
March 4, 2008
Senator Nancy Schaefer announces today, March 4, 2008 that she will not seek re-election of her 50th Senatorial District Senate seat in 2008.
Senator Schaefer plans to qualify to run for the U.S. Congress in the 10th Congressional District of Georgia.
This district runs up the eastside of Georgia from Richmond County on the South to Rabun and Towns Counties on the North and all counties in between totaling twenty one counties. Eight of these counties make up the 50th Senatorial District that Senator Schaefer has represented for the past four years.
State Senator Nancy Schaefer was the Founder and President of Family Concerns, Inc., (1985-present) a non-profit organization located in Georgia. Family Concerns Inc. was created for the purpose of strengthening and protecting the family through local, state, national and international policy, and through the education of citizens and leaders in the vital importance of obeying God’s moral law in our society and in our culture. She was also the Founder and President of two Family Concerns Pregnancy Centers in Atlanta, Georgia from (1988-1998), which met the needs of over 5,000 girls and women in the Atlanta area.
Mrs. Schaefer has been a host of several radio shows in the Atlanta area and the author of daily commentaries over WRAF, WEPC, and WTFH in Toccoa, Georgia.
Senator Schaefer was the Republican Nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 1994, the first woman Candidate for Governor of Georgia in 1998, and was elected to the Georgia State Senate from the 50th District in 2004.
As an eight year Trustee of the National Ethics and Religions Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Mrs. Schaefer represented the SBC and Family Concerns, Inc. at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, at the U.N. Conference on Human Settlements in Istanbul, Turkey, at the U.N. Conference on Food in Rome, Italy, and the U.N. follow up Conference to Beijing in New York.
She is a former First Vice President of the Georgia Baptist Convention, a frequent speaker to churches of all denominations, a speaker to civic and political organizations, and a frequent guest on radio and television programs. In 2001, Mrs. Schaefer became the first woman Trustee to serve on the Toccoa Falls College Board in Toccoa, Georgia. She and her husband are members of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Toccoa.
Senator Schaefer is married to Bruce Schaefer, and they are parents of four sons and one daughter. They also have 13 grandchildren. Nancy and Bruce live in Habersham County, Georgia. They are North Georgia natives. They spent 30 years living in Atlanta and raising their children there, but were led back to the Blue Ridge foothills in North Georgia where Senator Schaefer serves her constituency in eight counties that make up the 50th District of Georgia.
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This from the Milwaukee Examiner.com
I think this is what a real detective might call motive. . . . .
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Fox News now reports that the husband was shot in the head. So the stories are changing fast. Here's the link: Fox report.