Tuesday, April 27, 1999

Spurned woman kills self, ex-lover




BY MICHAEL D. CLARK
The Cincinnati Enquirer
and The Associated Press

        A Butler County woman who refused to end an affair with a Northern Kentucky man followed him on a business trip to Texas, shot him to death, then killed herself, police said.

        Steven Huff, 44, was shot twice in the chest as he stood in the doorway of a McAllen, Texas, motel last week. His assailant, Genene Harmeyer, 42, of Okeana then shot herself in the head.

        Witnesses told McAllen police that a woman, later identified as Ms. Harmeyer, had been arguing with Mr. Huff in the doorway early in the evening of April 21, then shot him.

        Ms. Harmeyer barricaded herself in the room at the La Quinta Motor Inn and shot herself, police said.

        Witnesses told police that the Taylor Mill man was followed by Ms. Harmeyer in the hope of resuming an extramarital affair with the married Mr. Huff.

        Police said they dispatched their emergency services unit, which detected no activity in the hotel room. They entered the room, exploded a stun grenade and found the bodies of Mr. Huff and Ms. Harmeyer.

        “It's an ongoing investigation,” said Sgt. Joel Morales from the McAllen police headquarters in southern Texas. “We're waiting for the lab reports on the bodies.” He declined to comment further.

        The murder-suicide ended a monthslong attempt by Mr. Huff to separate himself from Ms. Harmeyer following the affair. Mr. Huff had told his wife, Leslie Jeanette Huff, about the relationship.

        Mr. Huff, manager of the Toys R Us store in Springdale, met Ms. Harmeyer, a sales representative for a toy company, through their jobs.

        Ms. Harmeyer persisted in trying to rekindle the relationship. She called him repeatedly at work and even called Mrs. Huff at home after her husband had left on the trip.

        The Butler County Sheriff's Office and court officials said they have no record of charges, arrests or court actions involving Ms. Harmeyer.

        Mr. Huff, whose five children range in age from 9 to 22, coached Little League baseball and a middle school girls' basketball team.

        Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Allison and Rose Funeral Home, Taylor Mill. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Benedict Church, Covington. Burial will be in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

       



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