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James Michael Atkins shot, killed his wife, then himself
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Amanda Atkins was shot to death at 275 Deer Trail on Oct. 23, and her husband James Michael Atkins was found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds by SWAT team members at 454 Deer Trail later that day.

The Newton County Coroner’s office released the identity of the deceased early this week.

According to reports, Amanda was shot Friday morning, and Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis said James died of self-inflicted gun shot 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 were heard 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 surprised by Friday's events.

"I never would have figured he would have done something like this," he said. "He would do anything to help you out. He 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 were all on scene.