By LeaAnne Klentzman
A murder/suicide was discovered in a Greatwood neighborhood last week after a welfare concern led deputies to the home.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 2000 block of Cordelia Place in the Greatwood subdivision about 10:40 on the evening of Thursday December 29, 2011. According to sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, “Deputies arrived at the scene and discovered two bodies in a bathroom, both deceased from what appeared to be gunshot wounds.”
Haenel identified the female resident and homeowner Paula Simpson, 47, and her Houston boyfriend Jim Phillips, who was 46. Based on information developed during the investigation, Simpson’s former husband was unable to get through to her so he began making calls back to the Houston area and had someone go to the house to investigate. As a result of that investigation, Haenel said, the preliminary autopsy reports from UTMB indicate that Ms. Simpson was shot multiple times by Mr. Phillips then he shot himself.