|Police: Man kills girlfriend, her mom, then self|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
TAVARES — A central Florida man used a baseball bat to beat his girlfriend and her mother to death before running away and drowning himself, officials said Tuesday.
Police identified James Jones, 32, as the suspect in the beating deaths of Shannon Ratliff, 42, and her mother, Mavis Ratliff, 66, in Tavares on Monday evening.
Shannon Ratliff’s brother, Eddie Ratliff, also was injured in the attack, and he underwent surgery Tuesday morning, Tavares police spokeswoman Joyce Ross said. Eddie Ratliff is an employee of the city of Tavares, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando.
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