Woman police say shot her son, then herself, dies
The 44-year-old woman police say shot her son, then herself, at their 433
Seventh St. residence last week has died.
Leslie Slaven was 44.
Following last Thursday's apparent murder-suicide attempt -- in which her
son, 23-year-old Justin Slaven, died -- she remained at St. Elizabeth Health
Center in Youngstown in critical condition until her death Tuesday, police
Detective Ray Greenwood added that the police department is still waiting on
findings from an investigation into the shootings conducted by the Mahoning
County Coroner's Office, along with the gunshot residue analysis performed
by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The coroner's office will
likely also perform an autopsy on Leslie Slaven.
But after receiving that information, the investigation will likely be
closed, Greenwood said.
"If it reveals what we suspected at the beginning, ... we will officially
close the case," he said. "There is no one to prosecute at this point."
According to police, Leslie Slaven used a .38-caliber revolver handgun to
administer the ultimately fatal shots to both her head and her son's head.
Robert Slaven discovered his wife and son in the basement of their home
between 11 and 11:30 p.m. last Thursday.
A neighbor called police after Robert Slaven ran to his house, saying his
wife and son were dead and that she'd shot them both.
When police arrived, Leslie Slaven was unconscious but alive.