Police: Pa. man shot ex-wife as she played organ at church

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An elementary school music teacher shot his ex-wife while she played the organ during church service and, after leaving briefly, returned and shot her again to ensure she was dead, police said.

Congregants eventually overpowered Gregory Eldred, ending the shooting Sunday at the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport, about 140 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The shooting was detailed in a criminal complaint filed today against Eldred, 52, of Coudersport. He remained jailed without bond on first-degree murder and other charges. Eldred's attorney didn't return messages seeking comment.

Eldred's ex-wife, 53-year-old Darlene Sitler, the choir director, was seated at the organ when she was shot about 20 minutes into the 11 a.m. service, Pennsylvania State Police said.


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