Nov 27, 2013 3:11 PM by Bart Bedsole - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - The former Corpus Christi restaurant owners recently convicted of theft were found dead this week in Florida.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, it appears to be a murder-suicide.
Detectives say their car was found Monday, on Big Pine Key, in the Florida Keys south of Miami.
The bodies of 49 year old Jim Ovecka and 54 year old Michelle Chapman were discovered by a Mosquito Control worker at 8:15 a.m. Monday.
They were inside of a 2004 Honda Element, parked in a wooded area past the end of 5th Avenue on Big Pine Key.
The car was running, and a hose was taped to the tailpipe and run into a back window of the car.
Monroe County investigators believe Ovecka used a handgun to first shoot Chapman in the head, then shoot himself.
They were identified from Arizona driver's licenses found in the car, and by fingerprints which were compared to a set of fingerprints from Corpus Christi.
In September of this year, the couple was convicted of theft after overbilling customers nearly $200,000 at their restaurant, Two Georges Seafood.
They received ten years probation and were required to pay back $100,000 in restitution.
The restaurant is now under new ownership.