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Gustavo Espino

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A man from Williams is being held on $2 million bond for allegedly killing his partner and her sister with a gun, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

Gustavo Espino is 60 years old and lived with his partner, 70-year-old Elaine Fann, and her sister, 65-year-old Vivien Scheuerman, in the Red Lake area of Williams on Pine Road. Authorities allege Espino approached a Department of Public Safety trooper at 8:37 p.m. on Sunday and told the trooper "something to the effect of he couldn't take it anymore" and had killed the two sisters, the Sheriff's Office reports.

The trooper detained the man and called the Sheriff's Office afterward to report what the man had said.

Without a deputy or trooper asking Espino a question, the Sheriff's Office is considering his admission a "spontaneous utterance," Paxton said. Espino's admission will likely be a large part of a prosecutor's court case against him.

"A double homicide is rare, let alone a spontaneous utterance on a double homicide," Paxton said.

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After entering the Pine Road home, deputies found the two sisters already dead and believed the victims had died from gunshot wounds. Authorities would not expand on how many times the sisters were shot.

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The Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office is performing autopsies on the two individuals. Their investigation will likely lead to an official cause of death for the two women.

Espino told the trooper that Fann was his wife; however, deputies have not been able to confirm their legal marriage. Authorities are investigating whether Espino was a business partner or employee of Fann's at this time.

Espino is being held in the Coconino County Detention Facility for two counts of murder as detectives continue to investigate both deaths.

This article has been updated from its original version.

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Scott Buffon can be reached at sbuffon@azdailysun.com, on Twitter @scottbuffon or by phone at (928) 556-2250.

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