Bodies in suspected murder-suicide discovered near Selbyville

Date Published: 
May 23, 2014

Delaware State Police this week were investigating a suspected murder-suicide after the bodies of a Maryland couple were discovered in Bayview Estates, in an unincorporated area of Sussex County near Selbyville.

According to the DSP, about 5:50 a.m. on May 19, troopers responded to the community’s clubhouse on Sea Gull Road, after receiving a report of two people lying on the ground in the rear parking lot there.

“They were discovered by a witness,” said Cpl. John Day, public information officer for the Delaware State Police.

Troopers arrived to find Edward Watkins Sr., 63, and Robin Watkins, 53, of Bishopville, Md., lying unresponsive near two parked vehicles. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The married couple had resided together on the Maryland side of the community.

Delaware State Police said their preliminary investigation indicated the pair had driven separately to the clubhouse sometime late in the evening of May 18. There, Edward Watkins is believed by the DSP to have shot his wife, Robin, twice, before shooting himself. A handgun was recovered at the scene, police said.

“It probably won’t result in somebody being prosecuted, because the person — at least in this point of the investigation — who appears to have committed the crime is deceased,” explained Day. “But they still do a complete investigation. Even though there won’t be a prosecution, they still try to determine exactly what happened.”

Day said the police investigate such incidents using various methods to collect evidence.

“There’s physical evidence at the scene that can give an indication of what occurred. Then there’s testimonial evidence from witnesses and from people that knew the couple,” he said. “They try to provide a timeline of what occurred and also perhaps a motive.”

Both bodies were turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an official determination of the cause and manner of their deaths.