A Schuylkill County couple was killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Christmas Day, police said.

Authorities said they believe Richard Weikel fatally shot his wife during an argument, then called an ex-wife to say he couldn't spend his life in prison.

The ex-wife, authorities said, alerted police, who were dispatched around 1:20 a.m. and arrived to find both Weikel, 37, and his 28-year-old wife Stephanie dead in the kitchen of their apartment in Mahanoy City.

Authorities said they found three weapons at the scene -- a handgun and two long rifles. They said they believe Weikel fatally shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself.