Man to face court over NSW couple's murder

A well-known husband and wife who had lived at Cobar in north western NSW for about 40 years have been found shot dead in their home.

A man accused of murdering a much-loved couple in north western NSW will face court on Friday.

Police found the bodies of the 69-year-old woman and 71-year-old man, identified by locals as Margaret and Ian Settree, at a Cobar home on Wednesday night.

A 46-year-old man, who police say was known to the couple, has been charged with two counts of murder and discharging a prohibited firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He has been refused bail and is due to appear before Bourke Local Court.

The deaths of the couple has sent shock waves through the town of about 4000.

In between running a stationery shop, Mrs Settree was known for taking on volunteer roles including the vice presidency of the Cobar Business Association.

She also helped co-ordinate local events, including a recent Christmas parade.

Mr Settree was a local bus driver and ran tours around Cobar.

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