Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lewis Beatty cut the throats of his wife and two daughters before setting their homes on fire

A man who is accused of slitting the throats of his estranged wife and two young daughters before setting their separate residences on fire has been jailed.

Officials at the Indiana County Jail confirmed that Lewis Beatty, 40, from Pennsylvania, was charged with three counts of criminal homicide after bodies were found at the scene of separate fires in Indiana County.

The bodies of Sara Beatty, six, and Amanda Beatty, 11, were found at home in South Mahoning Township and Christine was found in another home ten miles away in East Mahoning Township.

State troopers and Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty were planning to release additional details at an afternoon news conference.

Ron Smail, who identified himself as the father and grandfather of the victims, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the girls found dead in one home were six-year-old Sara Beatty and 11-year-old Amanda Beatty.

Smail said his daughter, Christine Beatty, 33, was the suspect's estranged wife and was found dead at the mobile home she had been renting ten miles away in East Mahoning.

That fire was reported about 8pm on Friday.

Smail said the coroner told him that all three victims bled to death from slash wounds to their throats.

The family's pet pony, goat and dog had also been shot, Smail said. Read More