Update: Autopsies May Offer Answers in the Shooting Deaths of Pleasanton Mother and Daughter

By: Brian Shields - Tue, 08 May 2012 20:54:21 -0800

PLEASANTON (KRON) -- Authorities hope the results of two autopsies set for Wednesday will help them better understand the circumstances surrounding the shooting deaths of a woman and her 13-year old daughter.

Officials tell KRON 4's Terisa Estacio the forensic tests will help them determine if either 37-year-old Amy Freeman Burton or her 13-year-old daughter Ainsley Freeman fired the weapon that led to their deaths.

Investigators say they did find two unregistered firearms inside the house.

Christopher Burton, the husband of one victim and father of the others, discovered the body. Police say he's not a suspect but is a person of interest in the case. He remains free.

Burton reportedly told officers his wife had recently become paranoid because of an incident involving their daughter. The couple made a police report that included the FBI in February because of text messages and phone calls between Ainsley Freeman and a 16-year old boy in Kentucky. No charges were filed in that case and police say they see no connection between that report and the deaths of the woman and her daughter.

STAR tests were scheduled for Tuesday at Thomas Hart Middle School where Ainsley was a student. Instead the tests were postponed.

"Last night we learned of the death of our student," school spokeswoman Nicole Stewart said Tuesday. "Today counselors are on hand, we pulled counselors from the middle and the high schools. They have a triage area set up in the library where students who are upset can come in. Students are creating memorials for her sharing memories and stories."

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for the latest on this developing story.

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