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Unanswered Question in Husband’s Apparent Murder of Texas Judge: Why

Posted Jun 23, 2010 3:38 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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It was a Father's Day much like any other for orthopedic surgery resident Dustin Loveland, who spoke with his dad a couple of times over the phone in the morning. Then, around 5 p.m., Loveland got a stunning text message from this father saying that he had apparently killed Loveland's mom, a juvenile court judge in Rowlett, Texas.

When the doctor couldn't reach his father by cellphone, he called 911. Responding Rowlett police officers found his parents dead at their home, an apparent murder-suicide.

Dustin Loveland and others thought the 28-year marriage of Richard and Belinda Loveland was a happy one. But in his final text message, Richard Loveland said they had been having marital problems, the Dallas Morning News reported. He also provided the combination for the couple's safe.

Dustin Loveland said his dad was being treated for depression, which may have played a role in the slaying. "All we can think is, something deep down ... something triggered, and he was no longer in control of what he was doing," he tells the newspaper.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Husband Kills Texas Judge in Apparent Murder-Suicide"

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