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Grand Forks couple identified in failed murder-suicide

GRAND FORKS -- Police say it appears a Grand Forks man found dead in his home Tuesday shot his wife then killed himself with a .22-caliber handgun.

The couple was identified as Lyle W. Cordts, 50, and Julie Rae Cordts, 47, who lived together at 1502 12th Ave. S., according to a news release issued by the Grand Forks Police Department today.

Officers found Lyle Cordts lying dead on a bed in a bedroom; they found Julie Cordts unconscious on the floor of the same bedroom, the release states.

Investigators located two spent casings consistent with the handgun and the head wounds of both husband and wife.

Police believe Lyle Cordts shot his wife and then killed himself a few hours before officers entered the home around 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the release.

Julie Cordts was taken to Altru Hospital, which is not releasing information on her condition.

Preliminary autopsy results for Lyle Cordts show he died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police and court records revealed that the couple had a history of domestic violence.

The department continues to investigate the incident.