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Lover's triangle ends in wife's boyfriend's death

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 5:16 p.m.

A lover's triangle ended up deadly Friday after a husband allegedly entered his estranged wife's Jeannette home and found her in bed with her boyfriend.

A fight ensued early yesterday morning between the boyfriend, Robert Baur, 42, of 630 W. Pittsburgh St., Apt. 1, Greensburg, and the husband, Eugene Irvin, 49, at the 1014 N. Fourth St. home of Kim Irvin, authorities said.

Baur died later at Mercy Jeannette Hospital.

Jeannette police and Westmoreland County detectives were trying to determine last night if criminal charges should be filed.

Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Jerry Fritz said an autopsy conducted last night by forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht of Pittsburgh revealed that the cause of death was heart disease and hypertension, or high blood pressure. Fritz said the manner of death is pending while police continue to investigate.

City police Chief Jeff Stahl spoke with a reporter while standing in the back yard of the Irvin home, which looks out on the Elliott Co. plant. Stahl said that Eugene Irvin went to the Jeannette residence after midnight with his son, Patrick, described as in his late 20s. The two had been drinking earlier in Irwin, he said.

"His wife, Kim Irvin, lives here. They've been having marital problems from what I understand," Stahl said.

"(Eugene Irvin) entered into the house. His wife and the deceased were in bed together."

The fight began and continued into the back yard of the residence.

Police were called at 1:42 a.m. by Kim Irvin.

"They found the deceased still alive, face down on the ground," Stahl said. "(Baur) was still breathing."

Both men were taken by ambulance to Mercy Jeannette Hospital, where Baur was pronounced dead at 2:23 a.m., according to the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office.

Irvin, believed to live elsewhere in Jeannette, was later taken to Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He was in serious condition yesterday in the neuro continuous care unit, a spokeswoman said.

Stahl said Irvin had extensive injuries to his face, including broken bones under his eyes.

Stahl said he did not know about any weapons or other objects being used during the brawl, but neighbors said bricks and other items possibly may have been used.

Authorities said Eugene Irvin broke out a window to a back door and then apparently used a key to enter the house through the kitchen door. While breaking the window, he cut his hand, leaving a trail of blood from a porch, to the kitchen, to the master bedroom, police said.

Neighbor Neil Guest said his wife, Roxy, awoke him after she heard yelling. He said he saw paramedics performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Baur while he was on a stretcher.

Guest said he also talked to Patrick Irvin outside the home. Police said Patrick Irvin apparently had not been involved in the fight.

"He said they were fighting each other with bricks," Guest said. "He said, "My dad's face is all puffed up.' He didn't say anything about the other guy."

Guest said detectives had been inquiring about "a bloody rock."

Guest said he knew both the Irvins and Baur, but not well.

"We'd just say hi," he said.

Neighbors said Baur began staying at the Jeannette home a few days or weeks ago.

The confrontation wasn't the first involving the Irvins, or them and Baur.

"We've had calls here ... at least twice in the last month to month and a half," Stahl said.

Kim Irvin also had sought an emergency protection from abuse order against her husband on March 2 after an incident in which Eugene Irvin and a man described in the petition as "Mr. Baur" had a confrontation at Baur's West Pittsburgh Street apartment.

According to the petition that Kim Irvin filed for herself and her two children, ages 13 and 12, her husband was let into the Greensburg apartment by Baur about 6:30 p.m. March 1.

She wrote that her husband charged her, then pushed and struck her in the face.

"Mr. Baur got between the two of us so he couldn't hit me again," the petition stated. "Then Mr. Irvin got in Mr. Baur's face, pointing his finger at him. Then he walked away and grabbed a broom and said, "I'll smash you."

Baur replied, "That's enough," according to the petition, and Eugene Irvin left.

Kim Irvin also noted that about a month earlier, her husband threw her to the floor at her home.

"My children woke up, crying, "'Leave my mommy alone,'" the petition stated.

Her husband then threatened her, according to the petition.

"A friend came and got me. Since then I have been afraid to go home because I did not want to get beat," Kim Irvin wrote in the petition.

Without explanation in the court record, Kim Irvin withdrew her petition six days after filing it.

Attempts to reach her and Patrick Irvin for comment were unsuccessful.

County courthouse records showed that the Irvins were married in 1999. There were no records about a divorce complaint being filed or a divorce decree being granted.

Both Eugene Irvin and Baur had previous dealings with the law.

Court records showed Irvin's legal problems mostly involved alcohol.

Baur pleaded guilty in 2003 to a charge of giving false statements to authorities and was sentenced to probation.

He was charged by state police at Greensburg with failing to disclose that he had been convicted of a felony when he sought to buy a firearm at Outdoor Specialists in Unity Township in 2002.

According to the police complaint and court records, Baur pleaded guilty to burglary and conspiracy charges in 1985.

Eugene Irvin works at Style Auto Service, West Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg.

An unidentified worker there said he was employed as a mechanic.

"Gene is a great guy. Everyone likes him. This is just tragic," the employee said before hanging up the telephone.

Jeannette neighbor Roxy Guest said she couldn't believe something like a death occurred so close to her home.

"I never dreamed it would happen next to us," she said.

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