RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - WLBT News has learned that the Ford Edge that Billy Willard drove for the last time Friday and parked in the Exam 1 parking lot at 996 Northpark Drive had a goodbye note inside.
Billy Willard's Edge and Stefanie Willard's Honda Accord were towed away together Friday afternoon, just hours after Billy had arrived at Stefanie's office, shot her multiple times, then turned the high caliber rifle on himself. Stefanie died at UMC.
The note left inside Billy's vehicle expressed regret that their marriage had gone sour.
"It was describing his and her problems, it was also discussing what, where he wanted his belongings and assets to go, more of a will. I'm sorry, I'm sorry it came to this. I just couldn't get her to come back to me. These type issues," says Ridgeland Police Chief Jimmy Houston, who stopped by Exam 1 Saturday.
"They've had problems. Been separated since December, lo and behold it's led to this tragedy," he says.
Police say on December 23, Stefanie had moved out of the Pearl home she shared with Billy and into her brother's home. There was no restraining order on record, and no word right now if Billy had been on any medication that may have affected his mood.
Billy and Stephanie Willard had three stepchildren between them, none of them very young children.
On Monday, Ridgeland Police will continue their investigation into whether there was any domestic violence history with the couple in the past.
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