Coroner: Charles Falcone died with multiple gunshot wounds

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UPDATE:

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Charles Falcone died from multiple gunshot wounds, Nola died from single gunshot wound, according to the Richmond County Coroner, Mark Bowen.

Nola Falcone, 75, and her husband Charles Falcone, 72, were found dead in their home on Walton Way Monday.

Both are at the GBI Atlanta Office.


Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- Rev. Chip Falcone, the son of Nola and Charles Falcone, thanks congregation and friends for support 'in the midst of unspeakable grief.'

Chip Falcone issued a statement on his Facebook page, four days after the death of his parents in an apparent murder-suicide.

The full statement is below:

    "To my congregation and friends:

    Dear congregation,

    As some of you know, on Monday January 5th I lost my parents, Charles and Nola Falcone The circumstances leading to their passing have led me to be hurt, confused and grieving. I was their only child and Aimee and I have been left to pick up many pieces, which will take considerable time to put in order. In the midst of this unimaginable grief, so many members of the congregation have reached out to me and have also contacted our fine elders. I am so thankful for all your support. For the next few weeks, you will have good pastoral support at Hobe Sound Community Presbyterian church with pulpit supply. I haven't decided how much time I need to grieve at home and with family but I will keep you informed. I believe that this experience has made me more humble, sensitive, experienced and understanding to the real problems our community faces day after day.God has given me immense support through this. I am also thankful for the support of my wife, two children, family and my church family. I am traveling Thursday January 8 to Augusta for the funeral and internment next week. I should be back late next week. Please give me time, but I assure you there will be a memorial service at a later date in Hobe Sound. Thank you again for the outpouring of support and love.

    Sincerely, your pastor, Rev. Charles "Chip" Falcone"


Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- An update to the apparent murder-suicide on Walton Way.

A source close to the investigation says early indications lead them to believe Nola Falcone is the one that fired the shots.

Nola Falcone, 75, and her husband Charles Falcone, 72, were found dead Monday.

Both will be transported to the GBI Atlanta Office for an autopsy this week.



Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A husband and wife are dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

Richmond County investigators tell us the housekeeper discovered the couple Monday morning and called the sheriff's office.

Charles Falcone, 72, and his wife Nola, 75, seemed to be a power couple, both invested in the community politically and philanthropically. So, a death like this has everyone questioning what went on behind closed doors.

It's a stately home along one of the most historic streets in Augusta, but today it's bright white paint doesn't convey the darkness investigators found inside.

"Deputies received a call this morning from the housekeeper. They came out to the residence and they found there were two people inside that were deceased," Lt. Allan Rollins said.

While the details are still being discovered, property records show the Falcones owned the Walton Way house and lived there.

Despite being neighbors and active in the community, Dykes Harbin says he's never known the people who lived across the street.

"I've actually never seen the couple that lives in that house," he said.

That's somewhat expected since the Falcones only lived there when they weren't at their main residence on Jupiter Island in Florida, where Charles was a commissioner and former Mayor.

What Harbin didn't expect was the colorful scene right outside his front door.

"About 15 police cars outside, couple unmarked vans. I knew something was up," Harbin told News 12.

While the sheriff's office got the call shortly before 10 Monday morning, they're still trying to figure out when the shooting happened and who pulled the trigger.

"The next part of the investigation is we are going to follow up with the forensics. We'll be talking to the Coroner. The forensics will be going to the crime lab for examinations," Lt. Rollins explained.

For now, the community will have to wait for answers.

"Hopefully they'll get to the bottom of it to know what really happened," neighbor Clark Palmer said.

The couple was very active in the community. Charles had a political history in Florida, but Nola was very invested in the arts scene here in Augusta.


Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- An investigation is underway into a possible murder-suicide on the Hill on Walton Way after two people were found dead Monday morning, Richmond County Sheriff's Office said.

The victims were identified as Charles Falcone, 72, and Nola Falcone, 75, Coroner Mark Bowen said.

The Falcones were pronounced dead at 10:15 a.m. Both will be transported to the GBI Atlanta Office for an autopsy this week, according to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen.

The two were found dead with gunshot wounds. There was no apparent forced entry, and they were discovered by their caretaker. The housekeeper called it in as a shooting. There are no suspects nor persons of interest, said Lt. Allan Rollins with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The incident was called in as a shooting at 9:46 a.m., Richmond County dispatch said.

Their next of kin have been notified by the coroner’s office, and the investigation is continuing, Lt. Rollins said.