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Police: Fire intentionally set, no active shooters in couple's death

Courtney Grimm and Morgan Julius Courtney Grimm and Morgan Julius
Grimm and Julius were discovered inside of a home on Starview Court by firefighters on Saturday. Grimm and Julius were discovered inside of a home on Starview Court by firefighters on Saturday.

JEFFERSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Police have recovered two handguns from inside a home where a young woman and her boyfriend, the son of a Jeffersonville City Council member, were found shot to death following a fire Saturday afternoon.

"We're not searching for an active shooter, and the fire was set intentionally, using an accelerant,"Det. Todd Hollis told WAVE 3 News Monday. Hollis offered no information as to whether both weapons had been fired, or who may have shot whom."

"That's all part of the investigation," he said. "But we believe these two are the only people involved."

Neighbors had suspected the couple had been victims of crime, after being unable to get into the home, according to Patty Wells, whose husband attempted a rescue.

"It wouldn't budge," Wells said. "And then he (her husband) went around banging on the windows and they were very hot--he couldn't get anybody's attention."

Firefighters recovered the bodies of Morgan Julius, 26, and his girlfriend Courtney Grimm, 27, after dousing the flames inside their rental home on Starview Court, after neighbors reported the fire about 2PM Saturday.

Friends came to the couple's home to pay their respects Saturday evening, believing that Grimm and Julius had been victims of the fire, not of gun violence.

"I was just talking to her (Grimm) the day before," Candace Brendle told WAVE 3 News. "It's hard to believe that something like this could happen so fast."

"Morgan was a good guy who's done a lot of good things for me," James Monroe said. ""e's helped me out, many a times when I was in desperate need for help."

The couple had lived in the Suburban Acres subdivision only about six months, keeping mostly to themselves, Wells said.

"I'd see him wave occasionally, when he was bringing in his landscaping equipment," she said. "I never heard a sound coming out of that house."


Julius is the son of Jeffersonville Councilman Dennis Julius who has asked media to respect his family wishes to grieve privately.  They will receive friends at Saint Augustine Catholic Church from 3-8PM Tuesday. His Mass will be at 11AM Wednesday.

Visitation for Grimm will be at Scott Funeral home in Jeffersonville from 4-8PM Wednesday. Services will be at 11AM Thursday.

Wells wants both families to know she's thinking of them.

"It's devastating to lose children, I don't care  the circumstances," she said. "They're just not supposed to go before we are and it's a very sad time."


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