Man, boys found dead in Jefferson home

JEFFERSON -- Authorities in Jackson County are investigating the shooting deaths of a 36-year-old man, his son and his girlfriend's other son, and the county's chief deputy sheriff said the killings appeared to be murder-suicide.

The bodies of Keith Gresham, his 4-year-old son, Keionte Gresham and Keionte's half brother, 7-year-old Keion Gresham, were found Monday afternoon in Gresham's rural home, chief deputy David Cochran said Tuesday.

Cochran said the children's mother, who lives in another county, had let Gresham have the children for the weekend.

"Family members started receiving text messages from him Monday morning saying he might harm himself," Cochran said.

He said they called the sheriff's office, and investigators went to the home and found the bodies, all with gunshot wounds. The shootings had taken place a few hours earlier, he said.

Cochran said Gresham and the children's mother, Catrina Doster, had been involved in a domestic dispute.

He said the two had been separated for some time, and Doster had made several reports to police alleging abusive behavior by Gresham.

Cochran said the older child attended school and the younger one was in preschool, but would not reveal where.

He said while investigators do not believe anyone else was involved with the shooting, they were continuing their investigation.