Courts & Crime

Coroner: Texas mayor killed her daughter, then herself

The death of the daughter of the Coppell mayor was ruled a homicide while the mayor killed herself, the Dallas County medical examiner's office determined Wednesday afternoon.

The two were found shot to death in their Coppell home Tuesday evening, a city official said Wednesday.

Corinne Peters, 19, died from a gunshot wound to the neck that entered her head, according to the medical examiner's office. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters, 55, died from a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner's office ruled. Her death was ruled a suicide.

Coppell police went to the mayor's home in the 700 block of Greenway Drive about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday on a welfare check at the request of City Manager Clay Phillips after Peters failed to show up for a regular council meeting, city spokeswoman Sharon Logan said.

There were no signs of forced entry into the home, officials said.

"This is a tremendous loss for the City, the community and the region," Phillips said in a news release.

Jayne Peters was elected mayor last year after serving on the city council since 1998.

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