TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Washington County man accused of fatally shooting wife

Daily Photo Galleries

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 jcato@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates, Worley edge Brewers, 1-0, move to cusp of playoffs
  2. Machine operator avoids serious injuries in accident in North Huntingdon
  3. Pirates notebook: Bucs set single-season attendance record
  4. York man, 21, accused of assaulting Indiana Borough police officer
  5. Rescuers carry injured person up hillside near Phipps Conservatory
  6. Person rescued from McKees Rocks fire
  7. Hospitals turn to technology to tear down language barriers with patients
  8. Pirates find a bridge at end of baseball world in Holdzkom
  9. Water service restored to CMU campus
  10. Police say rifle carried by suspect in state trooper ambush found
  11. Gas industry remedies ‘brain drain’ in Western Pennsylvania
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.