A Pennsylvanian man named Frederick Clea, 57, is charged with killing his wife, Latoya Clea, 41, and mother-in-law, Mekenda Saunders, 75 at their Cheltenham Township home.
The body of both of the women’s bodies was found in the living room and was shot five times. Officers were called to the home after they received a 911 call on which they heard a woman yelling, as well as the sound of gunshots, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint states “A female voice can be heard stating, ‘Why did you do that? Why did you do that? Look at my leg, look at my leg,” Clea allegedly opened the door when they reached there and told the officers that he “went too far” and that he “shot them.”
Clea admitted that his wife left the bedroom and went into the kitchen and started putting groceries away with Saunders while he “ransacked” the bedroom looking for the magazine.
He too then went downstairs and continued arguing with his wife and all of a sudden he started shooting. He also said to the investigators that the two women “did nothing wrong.” His Glock semi-automatic handgun was found on a desk by the officers.
“The combination of a recently purchased gun and anger toward his wife and mother-in-law proved deadly. Tragically, two young children are now left without parents and a grandparent in their lives, and the defendant faces spending the rest of his life in prison,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele.
Clea faces two counts each of first-degree murder, third-degree murder and possessing an instrument of crime and is currently being held by Montgomery County Correctional Facility on no bond. On August 6, a preliminary hearing has been set.