The Indiana County district attorney announced today that he will seek the death penalty against the man accused of slitting the throats of his two daughters and his estranged wife earlier this summer.
Lewis P. Beatty, 41, of South Mahoning, faces three counts of homicide, as well as charges of arson and animal cruelty. District Attorney Patrick Dougherty has said that Mr. Beatty, on the morning of June 1, slit the throat of his 6-year-old daughter at her home on Morrow Road, went outside and shot some animals and then waited until his 11-year-old daughter returned from school so he could kill her too.
Mr. Dougherty said Mr. Beatty then went to Marion Center Bank, where his estranged wife worked, and followed her to her home on Pfeiffer Road. He said Mr. Beatty slit his wife's throat, lit the house on fire and then returned to the Morrow Road home and set a fire before a neighbor pulled him from the flames.
The Associated Press, in its coverage of Mr. Beatty's preliminary hearing, quoted police as saying that Mr. Beatty killed the three after one of the daughters mentioned that her mother was dating another man.