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Sister of man accused of killing girlfriend is charged with 15 violations of firearms law

Carol Sue Keefer agreed to keep Ricky L. Hann's guns when his girlfriend, Tina Souders, obtained a protection from abuse order

March 15, 2011

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — The sister of a man accused of killing his girlfriend and then himself Feb. 20 has been charged with 15 violations of Pennsylvania's firearms law, according to Pennsylvania State Police and court documents.

Carol Sue Keefer, 46, of Warfordsburg, Pa., was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott on Tuesday.

She is charged with one felony count of selling or transferring firearms, 14 misdemeanor counts of "person not to possess/use/manufacture/control/sell/transfer firearms," and five misdemeanor counts of unsworn falsification to authorities, according to court documents.

Police said Keefer signed an affidavit agreeing to keep Ricky L. Hann's guns when his girlfriend, Tina Souders, obtained a protection from abuse order in September 2010.

Investigators allege a search of her home found five additional guns belonging to Hann that were not listed in the "affidavit of safe keeping."

Police said Hann, 51, kidnapped and fatally shot 39-year-old Souders before turning the gun on himself in Ayr Township.

Police said Keefer told them Hann had the ability to access her home anytime he wanted. They allege she said Hann had been given access to the firearms on the morning of the homicide and that it was possible he left Keefer's house with a firearm without her knowledge.

Keefer was released on $25,000 unsecured bail, according to a police news release.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 11.

Police said in February Hann posted bail and was released from the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail in Chambersburg, Pa., about 13 hours before the homicide.

 He had been charged with kidnapping and five other offenses for allegedly holding Souders captive in her home for about 24 hours ending Saturday morning, then killed both of them Sunday at about noon.

— Jennifer Fitch

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