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Saturday April 20 06:37 PM EDT

Woman held in slaying of parents

By MELODY McDONALD and DEANNA BOYD, Star-Telegram Staff Writers

FORT WORTH - The note at the scene hinted that the brutal slayings of the Police Department's fingerprint specialist and his beloved wife were a criminal's act of revenge.

DNA evidence suggested otherwise.

Friday morning, police arrested the 48-year-old daughter of Loyd and Agnes Courtney on a capital murder warrant in the Nov. 2 deaths of her parents. Deborah Pieringer, a homemaker and mother, is in the Mansfield Jail with bail set at $500,000.

Authorities say the 5-foot-4, 250-pound woman repeatedly stabbed her parents with a knife and bludgeoned them, possibly with a frying pan and table leg.

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