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Washington County man accused of fatally shooting wife

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Friday, March 29, 2013, 6:51 a.m.

Police charged a Washington County man in his wife's death on Friday, alleging that the man shot her with a shotgun as she lay sleeping.

Leslie Powell, 62, was shot in the head in the couple's home on Walters Street in Carroll, Coroner Tim Warco said.

Ronald George Powell awoke about 3 a.m. and retrieved a shotgun from beneath his bed, according to a criminal complaint. Using a flashlight to see, he shot his wife while she slept, then called 911, the complaint states.

State police in Belle Vernon charged Powell, 70, with homicide.

District Judge James Ellis denied him bail.

Powell is being held in the Washington County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 10.

Walters Street resident James Snyder said he was awake at 4 a.m. and watched a television news report about the deadly shooting in the Powell house, the last of about a half-dozen on the dead-end road.

“Then I watched the cop cars go up there,” said Snyder, noting that he does not know the Powells.

District Attorney Eugene Vittone said he has not determined a motive for the killing.

Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or

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