Man Found Dead in Burned Illinois Home Was Shot in Head

Authorities say a man found dead during a southern Illinois house fire had been shot in the head, and that a gun was found in his ex-wife's SUV after the vehicle plunged into a lake.

The Madison County coroner released preliminary autopsy results Friday for 37-year-old Justin Campbell. Firefighters found his body after responding to the blaze Thursday at a house where he lived with his ex-wife, 32-year-old Cristy Campbell.

The fire was reported about 15 minutes before her SUV was seen driving into a nearby lake. The Campbells' infant son was rescued from the submerged SUV by a paramedic, and six other children survived the house fire.

Christy Campbell's body was found hours later in the lake.

Coroner Steve Nonn says a gun was found in the SUV. But he says testing can't be done to determine whether the gun was used to shoot Justin Campbell because the bullet that struck him hasn't been found.

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