Wife's friend was professor's main target
ATHENS, Ga. - A Georgia professor who shot three people outside a community theater targeted his wife's male friend first, then turned the gun on her and a third person, authorities said yesterday.
The two-week manhunt for marketing professor George Zinkhan, 57, ended Saturday when cadaver dogs found his body in a shallow grave he'd dug for himself in the north Georgia woods, not far from his home.
Authorities said yesterday that he shot himself in the head but did not leave a suicide note.
Police have not released a motive in the April 25 killings, but Jim Fullington, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, said Zinkhan was having "marital difficulties" and receiving marriage counseling.
Police say he killed his wife, Marie Bruce, 47; Tom Tanner, 40, a Clemson University economist; and Ben Teague, 63.
Fullington said Zinkhan targeted Tanner first, though he would not say why.