Coroner: Preliminary autopsy results show couple died of gunshot wounds

RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The Ripley County Coroner says preliminary autopsy results on the bodies of an elderly couple from Ripley County show they died of gunshot wounds.

Coroner Mike Jackson says a full report probably won't be available for another four to eight weeks.

Crews at a cemetery near Doniphan used a backhoe and hand tools to exhume the bodies Loyd and Irene Piatt Thursday.  They were found in their burned out home on June 23.

Ripley County Sheriff Ron Barnett wants to know if the Piatts were killed before the fire.  He is looking for any signs of foul play.

David Youngblood, his wife Melissa, his 17-year-old daughter Chantale, and 18-year-old Keith Boyles, Chantale's boyfriend are charged with the murder of Edgar Atkinson and Bonnie Chase.  Both were found dead in their burned home on July 11.

Atkinson had a gunshot wound to the back and head. The four suspects also face arson and burglary charges.

The three Youngbloods and Boyle entered not guilty pleas to Atkinson and Chases's murders on Wednesday.

David Youngblood is the Piatt's nephew.

In court on Wednesday, family members caught in the middle expressed their hope for a fair trial.  They say they feel further investigation including an autopsy will bring everyone closure.

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