Manner of death released in Bell County murder-suicide

We now know the identities of the victims in Sunday's murder-suicide near Belton.

BELL COUNTY - Update:

On Tuesday afternoon September 20, 2016 Justice of the Peace David Barfield advised that he had received the preliminary autopsy reports from Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science, Dallas. Southwestern ruled that Brain Lee Hand died of a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was homicide and that Ana Christina Hernandez died of a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide.

The investigation continues.

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The victims of a murder-suicide in Bell County were both shot to death, according to a press release from the Bell County Sheriff's Office.

The victims were identified as Brian Lee Hand, 38, and Ana Christina Hernandez, 47, both from Belton. Deputies did not say who did the shooting.

The victims were found Sunday evening at a home in the 1600 block of Charping Lane.  

They were both found in the bedroom.  According to neighbors, a gun was between Hernandez's legs.

The couple was supposed to have friends over Sunday afternoon, and when they didn't answer the door after several attempts, the friends found the landlord.

The landlord and her grandson then went to the house, and that's when they found them in the bedroom.

Neighbors say they don't think the man they knew as "Barefoot Brian" could have done this.

"He's just an all-around good dude," Tanner Hunt, the landlord's grandson, said.  "He's a big kid, or a little kid in a big kid's body.  Just a bag of feathers."

Lt. Donnie Adams with the Bell County Sheriff's Department said they don't know if the shooting happened Sunday, or if the bodies just weren't found until then.

"We know that there were shots fired," Adams said.  "We recovered a weapon at the scene, but we don't know when it took place."

Hunt also said they didn't hear gunshots.

Their bodies were sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science, in Dallas, for autopsies.

According to the sheriff's office, Sunday's call to the home was the only call to that house in the last year.

(© 2016 KCEN)


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