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Police investigate 2 deaths in Filbert, Fayette County

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Police are awaiting results of autopsy reports on two men who were fatally shot in Fayette County on Wednesday before deciding whether anyone will face criminal charges, District Attorney Jack Heneks Jr. said.

The shooting was reported at 2:22 p.m. at a duplex at 659 Second St. in Filbert, according to Fayette County 911.

Deputy Coroner Roger Victor said one of the victims was found inside the duplex. The other was in the front yard of the residence.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Robert Furin. Trooper Stefani Plume of state police at Uniontown identified the victims as Michael Monestersky 56, and Kenneth Moody, 54.

Fayette County Detective James Caccimelio said two people were taken to the state police barracks near Uniontown for questioning. Plume identified one as a 19-year-old male and the other as a female juvenile.

"We have two deceased people," Caccimelio said. "We are still sorting out the details."

Heneks last night said both people were released after they were questioned. He said investigators believe they know how the shooting occurred but are awaiting results of autopsies before releasing additional details or deciding whether criminal charges are warranted.

"We have an idea about what happened, but nothing that we can release publicly," Heneks said. "We're not sure we know everything ... ."

Autopsies and toxicology tests are scheduled.

Plume said a third party is involved, but she had no information concerning the circumstances of the shooting.

A crowd of onlookers gathered at the scene as police investigated.

Leroy Moody of Uniontown identified Ken Moody as his nephew. He said Moody lived in one half of the duplex and his sister, Martha Woods, lives in the other.

Leroy Moody said he went to the home after learning, through a phone call, that there had been a shooting. Moody was unable to obtain information from investigators at the scene, but he said the incident marks the second in a year involving a family member. Last year, he lost his daughter, Tiffany Moody, in a shooting in Uniontown.

"It's sad for me. ... My daughter was shot to death in Pershing Court. And now this. I don't know what to think," Moody said.

Plume said Monestersky and Ken Moody knew one another, but the details of that relationship were not immediately known. Reports of a home invasion were not substantiated, Plume said.

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