PANAMA CITY Fla July 6 2012 — Neighbors of the victims of what police believe to be a double murder-suicide said the three deceased were “cordial” but private people.
Shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Panama City Police found Marco L. Bostwick, 40, Angelina M. Brunson, 43, and Mary L. Richardson, 83, dead inside a home at 907 E. Eighth Court. Each body was found in a different room and police believe Bostwick shot and killed Brunson, Richardson and then himself, according to a news release. The gun thought to be used in the shooting was recovered at the scene, according to police.
Bostwick, who has a long criminal history in Bay County, was dating Brunson, who lived with her aunt, Richardson. Bostwick and Brunson have a 7-year-old daughter who was in the house when the shootings happened.
Ray Masslieno said he was standing outside his home across the street when he saw Bostwick pull into the driveway of 907 E. Eighth Court. Though police have said Bostwick lived on the property, Masslieno said Bostwick only visited regularly. Masslieno said Bostwick went around the back of the house.
“Shortly thereafter we heard gunshots and the screams of the child,” he said. “After the third shot the child came out and ran to me.”
The girl was not physically harmed and is now staying with family, according to police.
Masslieno said Richardson had lived across the street from him for more than 30 years.
“We called her ‘Lady Diana’ because every time she went by we were waving and she waved,” he said.
Brunson lived with Richardson in an apartment-type structure on the property for a while, but then moved away and came back about a year ago, Masslieno said.
Bostwick’s criminal record stretches to 1993, according to courthouse records. He’s been charged with petit theft, grand theft auto, assault, domestic violence battery and other offenses.
He was charged with domestic violence in January 2011 and March 2011 but both cases were dropped, the first by the state and the second by Brunson. He was due to appear in court for a jury trial on assault charges next week.
Court records also indicate there was a child support dispute between Bostwick and Brunson.
“Persons that were interviewed and police records indicate Bostwick and Brunson have been in a strained relationship for some time and that violence was common between them,” according to a release from PCPD.
Masslieno’s comments on the violence charges against Bostwick were limited.
“It was private,” he said. “It wasn’t something the community saw.”
Autopsies on the three dead are scheduled to be done today.