Cops: Man Kidnapped Wife, Is Granted Bail, Kills Her

Pa. court failed to order GPS bracelet
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2016 5:16 AM CDT
Cops: Man Granted Bail After Kidnapping Wife Kills Wife
In this July 26, 2016 photo, Kevin Lee Ewing, left, leaves with one of his attorneys after a preliminary hearing with District Judge Jay Weller in Canonsburg, Pa.   (Katie Roupe /Observer-Reporter via AP)

A Pennsylvania man who was unexpectedly released on bail after being charged with kidnapping and beating his wife kidnapped her again, police say—and this time, she did not escape. Police say 48-year-old Tierne Ewing was found dead late Tuesday after being kidnapped for a second time by estranged husband Kevin Ewing, 47, WTAE reports. He forced his wife into a car at gunpoint Monday night, saying he "should have killed the victim and himself the first time," police say. The abandoned car was discovered Tuesday morning, sparking a massive search. Police tell WPXI that they heard gunshots as they approached a barn in West Finley Township late Tuesday. They found Tierne Ewing dead and Kevin Ewing injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was flown to a hospital for treatment.

The AP reports that Ewing was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and other crimes in July after his wife told police he had kept her captive for almost two weeks, during which he beat and pistol-whipped her, spat on her, and branded her legs with a piece of hot metal. She said she escaped after he sent her into a credit union to withdraw money and she alerted the tellers. Cops found him in the bank's parking lot with a rifle, handgun, and a knife. The local DA says he wanted Ewing to stay in jail but a judge freed him July 11 after he posted $100,000 bail. Ewing was ordered to wear an electronic ankle bracelet to confine him to his home—but probation officials say that even though the court could have called for a bracelet that provides GPS information, that didn't happen in this case. (More domestic violence stories.)

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