TYLER, Texas (AP) — An East Texas man and his estranged wife have been found shot to death in what investigators call an apparent murder-suicide.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Delithro Bell and his wife, Mechelle, were discovered dead Thursday on a rural road near Tyler.

Sheriff Larry Smith says Bell apparently shot his 35-year-old spouse, then turned the gun on himself.

Sheriff’s department records show deputies last Sunday were summoned to the Bell residence on a disturbance call.

Bell was a member of the 1989 4A state champion Tyler Chapel Hill Bulldogs. He played football for the University of Houston in the 1990s.

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