Blount County deputies looking into Louisville couple's death

Blount County deputies looking into Louisville couple's death

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The couple was found in this home in Louisville. The couple was found in this home in Louisville.
"They are really good people. They've ran this trailer park. They've been really kind to everyone. They've just been the best landlords ever," said neighbor and tenant Laura Degova. "They are really good people. They've ran this trailer park. They've been really kind to everyone. They've just been the best landlords ever," said neighbor and tenant Laura Degova.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

LOUISVILLE (WATE) - Blount County deputies are investigating after a Louisville couple was found dead in their home over the weekend.

Rebecca A. Adkins, 53, and Steven R. Adkins, 54, of Chandler Road, Louisville, were pronounced dead Sunday evening around 8:30.

Deputies responded to the home after a family member found the couple inside of their residence on Chandler Road.

It's unclear how long the couple had been inside the home.

Autopsies on both victims are scheduled for Monday morning at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said preliminary results of the autopsy suggest their deaths were a murder-suicide.

They believe Steven Adkins shot Rebecca Adkins before shooting himself.

Neighbors say the couple seemed very happy and will be missed.

Laura Degova has been friends with Rebecca and Steven Adkins for 20 years. After learning of their deaths, she embraced Steven's father.

"It's like it isn't real. I'm still in shock," she said.

Degova says Rebecca and Steven owned the Adkins Mobile Home Park. She's been renting from them for eleven years.

"They are really good people. They've ran this trailer park. They've been really kind to everyone. They've just been the best landlords ever," said Degova.

According to Degova, the mobile home park is on Beck's Circle Drive, which was named after Rebecca.

Amie Cardwell began renting from the Adkins last month and lived next to them. Neighbors say Steven and Rebecca appeared to be a hard-working, happily married couple.

"They were really nice. They didn't seem like anything was bothering them or anything was going on. They were really, really nice people," said Cardwell.

"They seemed like a happy couple, so hard working. They worked all the time," said Degova.

Cardwell says almost every day Steven would work outside. She hadn't seen him in several days.

She was there when law enforcement agents responded to the house Sunday night when the bodies were discovered.

"Just a bunch of cops and everybody around they had everybody leave," said Cardwell.

Many neighbors still can't believe their friendly landlords are gone.

"It just doesn't seem possible that they could be gone actually. The whole community depends on them," said Degova.

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