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Man charged in Pa. slayings waives preliminary hearing

September 14, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Kevin Cleeves
Pennsylvania State Police

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Franklin County, Pa., man accused of killing three people and fleeing the state with his 4-year-old daughter in July waived his preliminary hearing Friday.

Kevin M. Cleeves, 35, is charged with three counts of criminal homicide, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, interfering with the custody of children, unlawful restraint of a minor and endangering the welfare of children.

Police allege Cleeves fatally shot his wife, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s mother before attempting to drive his daughter, Leia, to Wisconsin. He was apprehended in Ohio about seven hours after the July 27 shootings in Quincy Township, Pa.

Cleeves, of Waynesboro, remains in the Franklin County Jail without bail.

On Friday morning, Cleeves waived his preliminary hearing by submitting related paperwork, according to Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz.

Mandatory arraignment was scheduled for Nov. 28 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner has said Brandi N. (Killingsworth) Cleeves, 25; Vincent Luke Santucci Jr., 28; and Rosemary Holma, 55, all died of multiple gunshot wounds.

A Glock 9 mm handgun was recovered when authorities apprehended Cleeves, Pennsylvania State Police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

Kevin and Brandi Cleeves had submitted custody filings in court. According to those documents, the couple began a relationship in September 2005 and Leia was born in December 2007. They married in February of this year, and split up in June.

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