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Two found dead on Deer Trail identified
Amanda, James Atkins' names released by coroners
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Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a woman who was shot on Deer Trail Friday morning.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office found two dead near Oxford Friday after receiving calls of a shooting on Deer Trail.

The pair was married couple Amanda Atkins and James Michael Atkins, according to the Newton County Coroner's office.

According to reports, Amanda was shot Friday morning, and Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis said James died of self-inflicted wounds.

According to Newton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cortney Morrison, deputies were dispatched to 275 Deer Trail around 9:15 a.m. on a call that a female had been shot.

When deputies arrived, they found the body of Amanda Atkins.

According to reports, deputies saw a female standing in the side yard of 275 Deer Trail saying "he is across the street."

After trying to make contact with the male suspect at 454 Deer Trail, SWAT members breached the residence around 2:30 p.m. Once inside they found the male suspect deceased.

Morrison said there were no shots fired before James Michael Atkins was found dead.

According to the Atkins' neighbor and landlord, Mike Hodges, the couple had been having marital problems, and James stayed at the Hodges' two night's earlier.

Hodges, who has rented a house to James Atkins for six years, said he was suprised by Friday's events.

"I never would have figured he would have done somehting like this," Hodges said. "He would do anything to help you out, we would fix anything and wouldn't charge you." 

The U.S. Marshals, NCSO, Newton County SWAT team, Rockdale County Sherriff's Office and Georgia State Patrol are all on scene.