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Bodies found in Hudson home appear to be murder-suicide

HUDSON — A Sheriff's Office report from last year foreshadows what detectives are calling a murder-suicide Monday night in Hudson.

Rhonda Patterson and her boyfriend Robert Clark went out for beers and shared two small bottles of sake the evening of May 15, 2013, according to the report.

Patterson and Clark argued when they got back to her home at 6601 Clark St,, she told deputies. Clark loaded his belongings into a car during the early-morning hours while Patterson told him to go away.

Patterson went back inside, "grabbed her 9 mm handgun and fired a shot into the ceiling out of anger," the report states.

Deputies took the gun into evidence and recommended the case to the State Attorney's Office as a weapons violation, but charges were never filed.

Deputies were called to the same house on Clark Street about 10 p.m. Monday for a welfare check. They found the bodies of Patterson, 46, and Clark, 53, in the bedroom. Patterson apparently shot and killed Clark, then turned the gun on herself, according to a sheriff's spokesman.

A woman who identified herself on the phone as Clark's mother declined to comment. Patterson's relatives could not be reached Tuesday afternoon.

Records list Patterson and Clark as real estate agents with Waterfront and Preferred Homes in Hudson.

Contact Alex Orlando at aorlando@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6247.

Bodies found in Hudson home appear to be murder-suicide 07/22/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:35pm]
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