Prosecutor: Deaths of couple found in their northern New Jersey home ruled a murder-suicide


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JEFFERSON, New Jersey — The deaths of a northern New Jersey couple whose bodies were found inside their home last weekend have been ruled a murder-suicide.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp announced the findings Tuesday.

Knapp said the investigation revealed 45-year-old Julian Knott shot his 47-year-old wife, Alita Knott, "multiple times" before killing himself with the same weapon. But Knapp declined to comment on a possible motive or disclose further details on the incident.

Jefferson Township police found the bodies early Sunday when they responded to a report of two unconscious adults at the Log Road residence. The couple, who had two teenage sons and a college-age daughter, had bought the home earlier this year.

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