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Suspect in Couple's Deadly Bronx Motel Shooting Kills Self in Miami: Fla. Source

The Miami law enforcement source said Joseph Kernizan killed himself as police tried to get into his building and arrest him

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012  |  Updated 9:15 AM EDT
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BX Motel Couple Murder Suspect Dead in Miami

Police found a man and a woman shot in the head outside the Holiday Motel in the Bronx early Saturday morning. 42-year-old Joseph Kernizan (inset) has been identified as a suspect in the shooting.

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The 42-year-old man sought in connection with the execution-style shootings of a couple in a Bronx motel parking lot over the weekend killed himself in Florida as a task force moved in to arrest him, a Miami law enforcement source familiar with the investigation tells NBC 4 New York.

The source said Joseph Kernizan killed himself in Miami as police tried to get into his building and arrest him for allegedly killing 50-year-old Wayne Hamilton and a 38-year-old Tracy Bennett outside the Holiday Motel in Eastchester early Saturday.

Both victims had multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.    

According to police sources, Bennett and Kernizan had a child together and Bennett had an order of protection against him out of Nassau County.

Kernizan had several previous arrests, including at least once for violating the order of protection, sources said. 

No further details were immediately available.


 

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