A day of playing pool and drinking turned deadly Saturday evening.Police are charging Burl Neil Corbett, 60, with homicide after discovering his daughter-in-law, 32-year-old Carolyn M. Corbett, shot to death in his Birdsboro home.

Police responded to 181 Mullen Hollow Road around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

After the pair had been drinking and playing pool at two different establishments, a friend drove Neil Corbett to his home, police report. Carolyn Corbett arrived there shortly afterwards.

An argument occurred over "personal matters," according to police, and Neil Corbett allegedly shot his daughter-in-law while she was inside the home.

Police say the accused man placed several phone calls to family members and 911 prior to emergency responders' arrival.

Carolyn Corbett was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for 9 a.m. today, a spokesperson with the Berks County coroner's office said.

Details on the number of shots inflicted and whether or not a struggle preceded the shooting won't be available until after the autopsy, state trooper Michael Wegscheider said. The make of the gun used to kill Carolyn Corbett is unavailable at this time, he said.

The Corbetts are the only two people known to have been inside the home at the time of Saturday's shooting, according to Wegscheider.

Neil Corbett was scheduled for arraignment 9 a.m. Sunday. Police executed search warrants on his residence Sunday morning. He is charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of possessing instruments of crime.

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