Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Double homicide, suicide at Moose Lodge investigated

The Associated Press

BRANDENBURG, Ky. - State police were investigating a double homicide and suicide at a downtown lodge in this Ohio River community.

Thomas Barley, 52, of Payneville was sitting at the Moose Lodge bar Sunday evening when he told the bartender he was stepping outside to fetch cigarettes from his pickup truck around 7:55 p.m. He returned with a .38-caliber revolver.

He walked over to the table where 38-year-old Leisa Greenwell and 37-year-old Steven Emert were seated and opened fire, police said. He hit Greenwell in the chest and Emert in the head in front of a handful of bar patrons, Meade County Coroner William Adams said. Barley then turned the gun on himself. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Greenwell had been Barley's estranged girlfriend, but it wasn't clear what her relationship with Emert was. All three arrived at the bar separately, said Trooper Steve Pavey of the Kentucky State Police post in nearby Elizabethtown.

"There was no fight, no argument, no words exchanged," Pavey said. "We don't know what the motive was."

Autopsies began Monday, but the state medical examiner's office in Louisville and the Meade County coroner would not give details pending the report. The state police detective investigating the shootings, Jon Taylor, could not be reached for comment.

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