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Investigation into double homicide continues

DANNEMORA - State Police are continuing their investigation into the deaths of Timothy Carter, 52, Dannemora, and Patricia Howard, 43, Plattsburgh.

Howard and Carter were found shot to death early Sunday in Howard's State Route 374 home on Chazy Lake.

During a press conference Monday, State Police Troop B Commander Richard C. Smith Jr. released a positive identification of the victims, which was previously not officially disclosed. Smith stated their bodies were discovered by State Police who were responding to a distress call to the Plattsburgh barracks. The initial call, Smith said, came from Howard, who claimed Anthony V. Pavone, 52, Morrisonville, was considered to be trespassing after knocking on the door of Howard's home and asked to leave.

However, the situation wasn't believed to have become violent when the authorities were contacted, said Capt. Robert LaFountain of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

"There was no indication of the individual using violence or being armed at the time we received the call," said LaFountain.

LaFountain stated Carter and Howard were "acquaintances" but didn't further describe their relationship and how it did or did not relate to Howard's previous relationship with Pavone.

"What we will release is that there was a relationship, a rather long relationship between Pavone and Ms. Howard. But, that relationship was recently over with," said LaFountain.

When asked by one reporter if the double homicide was the result of a "love triangle," Smith said he wouldn't characterize the relationships in that manner.

"I wouldn't use the term love triangle but certainly relationships may have played a part in this crime," said Smith.

An autopsy of Howard conducted by Dr. Michael R. Ladwig found her cause of death to be a fatal gunshot wound. Clinton County Coroner David C. Donah ruled the death a homicide. An autopsy of Carter was scheduled to be conducted Tuesday.

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