Three Dead In Limestone County Sheriff’s Office Issues Statement

By  | October 3, 2019 | Filed under: News

LIMESTONE COUNTY-On Thursday October 3 the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office issued a release regarding the discovery of three persons found dead on Wednesday, October 2:

“Press release regarding deaths on Black Road:

October 3 – Three people were found dead at a residence in the 22000 block of Black Road during a welfare check Wednesday. The incident appears to be a domestic double murder/suicide.

The victims, Jerry Thomas Phillips (white male, 48) and Jamie Lynn Phillips (white female, 52) were apparently killed by Robert Earl Gilchrist III (white male, 31), who shot himself inside the residence after the first deputy arrived.

A family member of the Phillips, who lived out of state, called in the welfare check after she was unable to contact either of them. The caller had spoken to Gilchrist, who advised her that the Phillips did not wish to speak to her. Gilchrist was the son of Jamie Phillips, and he had recently been released from prison in Tennessee. After his release he had been staying at the residence with them.

Another incident of domestic violence resulting in tragedy in Limestone County highlights the importance of domestic violence awareness. Seemingly minor altercations can escalate quickly, causing devastation to families and other loved ones. Anyone who is experiencing the effects of domestic violence or has family members in that situation is encouraged to reach out, not only to law enforcement, but to volunteer organizations, churches, counselors, community members and leaders, and friends. It could save your life or the lives of your loved ones.”

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