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December 22, 2008

Police investigating deaths of Dallas family

DALLAS (AP) — The daughter of a late Dallas judge had told police she was being pursued by men in ski masks and had been subjected to violent attacks and threats of rape. But just how Jeanmarie Tolle Geis and her two young children wound up shot to death in their upscale Dallas home remains a mystery to authorities.

For starters, doubts have begun to surface over claims the 49-year-old woman made earlier this month about attackers trying to assault, rape and kidnap her in two separate incidents.

“There were a lot of things that we were trying to investigate to close the holes and determine exactly what happened,” Deputy Chief David Elliston said Saturday. “There were some things that seemed inconsistent, but we continued the investigation to get answers to those questions.”

There also have been questions raised about statements she had made to a boyfriend about the status of her marriage.

The inconsistencies are at the heart of a mystery in the shooting deaths of Geis and her children. Last Friday morning, officers answering a report of gunfire found the bodies of Jeanmarie Geis, her 8-year-old son Matthew and her 4-year-old daughter Sydney around 9 a.m. The three had been shot in the family’s upscale home.

Authorities said the woman’s husband and children’s father, Frank Geis, was at a doctor’s office when the deaths happened.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner said the children were shot each once in the head and were the victims of homicide. But autopsy results for their mother could take six to 10 weeks pending further testing, the medical examiner’s office said.

The day before the slayings, officials said two detectives had met with the Geises about the attacks she had reported to them, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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