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Police confirm Rowlett judge killed by husband in murder-suicide

By J.J. Smith. Rowlett police confirmed yesterday that Rowlett juvenile court judge and attorney Belinda Loveland was shot and killed Sunday evening by her husband, Richard, who then killed himself.

They were the third and fourth domestic violence deaths in Rowlett this year. There was also a murder-suicide in April across Lake Ray Hubbard in Fate, just east of Rockwall.

According to Rowlett Police public information director John Ellison, police received a call at 5:04 p.m. Sunday from the Loveland’s married son, Dustin, who told them he had just received a text message from his father stating, “I just killed your mother.”

Officers then responded to the scene in the 3200 block of Sunrise and attempted to make contact with the residents inside the lakeside home.

Ellison said after numerous attempts and receiving no answer, police entered the residence which was searched with the assistance of a robot provided by the Garland police department.

Inside the home police discovered the bodies of the 52-year-old judge in the master bedroom and her 59-year-old husband in the adjacent bathroom.

“It appears that Richard Loveland shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself,” said Ellison.

A spokeswoman for Rowlett said the city brought in grief counselors Monday to help adults and children who had worked with Loveland.

The judge created an after-school mentoring program for at-risk children in Rowlett in 2003 called Camp ROCK, which helps 150 Rowlett students each year.

“Judge Belinda Loveland was not only a wonderful public servant but also a good friend of mine,” said Rowlett Mayor Dr. John Harper.

“This tragic event has taken away a talented and caring leader who devoted her life to helping troubled kids. She will be greatly missed in so many ways. I ask for everyone to pray for her son who now has to deal with a loss of both mother and father in such a horrendous act.”

Richard Loveland was self-employed and owned several businesses.

Police are still investigating the case and do not yet know the motive for the shootings. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available, said Ellison.

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2 Responses for “Police confirm Rowlett judge killed by husband in murder-suicide”

  1. [...] see or hear of a story like this. We recently had a very similar situation occur here in Rowlett, Police confirm Rowlett judge killed by husband in murder-suicide. What is it with the domestic violence in our elected officials and their families? “Everybody in [...]

  2. concerned citizen says:

    Yet another example that domestic violence is a serious and real issue! It is closer to home than we think and can happen to anyone!!!

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