2017-10-07 / Front Page

Alcohol factor in murder-suicide

Alcohol appears to have been a significant factor in the ultimate domestic violence episode last weekend that left two young adults from the Coudersport area dead, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Dead are the victim, 31-year-old Krystal L. Howard, a mother of two; and the shooter, Brenton M. Tubbs, 23. Police said Tubbs took his own life when police arrived outside of the Williams Way home in Homer Township where the two resided. “There are multiple signs that Mr. Tubbs may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident,” said the source.

State police at Denton Hill have released scant details. They said earlier this week that they are still investigating. Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson is also involved in the probe. The source said a note was found at the scene. Police have not disclosed its contents.

Tubbs reportedly left the scene and informed one or more friends that he had murdered Howard. He then returned to the residence. He may also have called 911 to admit to the crime.

Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury released a statement earlier in the week stating that Howard and Tubbs died of gunshot wounds in what he termed a “murder-suicide.”

In their report, police said they received a call early Sunday morning from a person who was concerned about a friend at the home. When troopers arrived at the residence, they reportedly saw Tubbs standing inside just before they heard a single round fired from the murder weapon.

Information on services appears with this week’s death notices on page 4.

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