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Police continue investigation into doctor's death


The crime scene tape is gone and the on-site investigation is concluded, but authorities are still keeping quiet about the investigation into Dr. Joseph Sonnier's death.

Sonnier, 57, who was the Chief Pathologist at Covenant Hospitals, was found inside his home just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

"It's not unusual at all for us to spend two or three days on a scene such as this when there is a great deal of evidence or even just material to go through. At a scene it can take us some time to make sure we're thorough and cover everything," Lubbock Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Jonathan Stewart said.

Sonnier's home is 3900 square feet and Stewart says detectives don't want to leave anything out of their investigation.

"It's a very large scene. There's a lot to go through out there, so we're making sure we get everything the first time and don't have to go back and try later," Stewart said.

Dr. Sonnier's murder isn't the only crime Lubbock Police are investigating. Saturday morning, Travondrick Ward was shot and killed in the 1900 block of 66th St. No arrests have been made in that case, either. Stewart says having two cases like this in such a short period of time can put a strain on his department's resources.

"We have several high profile cases that are open right now. Our guys are working hard, long hours to get these cases solved," Stewart said.

Ward and Sonnier's murders are the third and fourth of the year in Lubbock, respectively.

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