Neighbor opens up about couple found in apparent murder-suicide

Published: Jan. 11, 2019 at 7:05 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Early Friday morning Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived to the 5000 block of Bennie Lane in response to a domestic dispute call.

When they arrived on scene they found 52-year-old David and 59-year-old Katherine Pendley dead in an apparent murder suicide.

Wesley Marceaux has lived across from the Pendley’s for decades, but this morning he received news of his neighbor’s death.

"They were from the very beginning very good people," Marceaux said. “It’s not right because David was not like that, he never, never said a foul word. As far as I know he didn’t drink, didn’t cuss, any of those things."

Sheriff Tony Mancuso says investigators believe the Pendley family was involved in an early morning domestic dispute.

“When we got there the son informed us that his mother was inside, possibly getting harmed,” Mancuso said. “Once we made entry, we did find that Mr. Pendley and his wife Katherine dead.”

Their son whose name is not being released called 911 from a neighbor after his father stabbed him. However, Marceaux says that was completely out of David’s character.

“Just shock and awe, I just almost still can’t believe it,” Marceaux said. “I mean this is a real blow to our lives.”

He describes the Pendley’s as a loving Christian couple and says he just spoke with David a few days ago.

“He was in good spirits and was just always like David just bubbly just what you expect,” Marceaux said.

Mancuso says they are far from completing the investigation into the Pendley’s death.

“We have a lot of evidence to sift through, we’re going to continue to investigate,” Mancuso said. “We are not at all finished I think now what we have to do is wait for the coroner.”

The Sheriff believes the coroner’s report will give investigators a deeper look into the moments leading up to David and Katherine’s death, however he is not the only one looking for answers.

“Those there across the street are gonna be sorely missed,” Marceaux said. “They’ll stay in our prayers for a long time, and our hearts will stay unsettled until we can make some sense of that.”

Sheriff Mancuso says the investigation will take a little longer than normal because they are assisting in another investigation led by Louisiana State Police.

However, they hope to have more answers about David and Katherine’s death sometime next week.

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