Authorities on Wednesday identified the two people killed in a murder-suicide at the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday afternoon.
Beth Frost, 46, who was a medical examiner in the office, and James Frost, 51, were found dead around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday from apparent gunshot wounds in a second-floor office in the Stemmons Corridor building, the sheriff’s department of Dallas County. said.
A second office worker was injured, but that person’s condition and identity have not been released.
The sheriff’s office said the Frosts were married but separated. James Frost allegedly shot his wife and the other employee before turning the gun on himself, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.
Careers in medicine, finance
According to LinkedIn, Beth Frost had been in the office as a medical examiner since June 2020, coming from the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office in Phoenix, where she had worked for three years.
She was a Dallas office forensics fellow from 2016 to 2017.
She received her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the University of Kansas City in 2012 before completing her residency at the University of Kentucky.
James Frost, who went by ‘Jed’, played basketball for the University of Missouri from 1990 to 1994, and became a basketball teacher and coach at Odessa and Park Hill South high schools near Kansas City after graduation, according to a 2013 Inside Colombia magazine article. He continued his involvement in sports at the college level with positions at Iowa State University and the University of Hawaii.
When he returned to the mainland so Beth Frost could attend medical school in Kentucky, he became an insurance and finance representative, the article states.
Jed Frost then started a custom luxury leather bag company, FROST, with prices ranging from $5,000 to $75,000. It is not known if he was still operating the business at the time of his death.
“Clash of Personalities”
Dallas County court records show Beth Frost filed for divorce on May 2. The couple had been married since July 2001, according to the filing, and had two children together – a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy.
The grounds for divorce detailed in the filing said the marriage had become “unsupportable by reason of a discord or conflict of personalities between Beth and Jed which destroys the legitimate purposes of the marital relationship and precludes any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.” .
Although the initial filing indicated that Beth Frost was not seeking a protective order or custody of their children, court records show that a child custody evaluation was ordered in early October.
The filing also indicated that Beth Frost believed Jed Frost would make deals for access to their children and estate.
“Beth prays for general relief,” the filing concludes.
According to a lawsuit filed Aug. 2 in Dallas County, Jed Frost’s father was seeking $228,916. He said the couple owed him a series of loans.
James Frost Sr. said he gave them the money to buy property, including a house in 2006 and another in 2010, as well as to cover medical and living expenses, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit said the couple paid just under $75,000 for the balance and were “fully aware” that James Frost Sr. would have to be repaid in full. However, the lawsuit goes on to say that when he asked the couple for the remaining payment, they refused.
A court filing from October shows Beth Frost denied her stepfather’s allegations and asked for the lawsuit to be consolidated in the divorce case.
Court records also show that Jed Frost agreed earlier this year to pay Bank of America about $12,000 and that, in a separate case, State Farm Federal Credit Union was suing him for a loan of about $50,000; he denied owing the money.
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