Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum
Release from Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office
Hopkins County, TX – Friday evening, January 31, the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Highway 19 North, near birthright to a reported unknown medical emergency. Once deputies arrived on the scene, it was believed that a homicide/suicide had occurred at the location. The sheriff’s office conducted a comprehensive investigation that included an autopsy by the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office. The result of that investigation confirmed a murder/suicide had occurred. Evidence shows 54-year-old Joe Dan Edmonson took the life of his wife, 48-year-old Melinda Edmonson before taking his own. Our prayers are with the family.