Chambersburg man waives hearing in killings, abduction

Kevin Cleeves, the Chambersburg man charged in the killing of his estranged wife and two others and the abduction of his four-year-old daughter, has waived a preliminary hearing in the case.

The move Friday allows the charges against Cleeves to proceed to Franklin County court.

Cleeves, 35, faces three counts of criminal homicide and remains in the Franklin County Jail without bail. He also faces charges of kidnapping, interfering with the custody of a child, unlawful restraint of a minor,
endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of unlawful
possession of a firearm.

Authorities accused Cleeves in the July 20 shooting deaths of 25-year-old Brandi Cleeves and her
boyfriend, 28-year-old Vincent Santucci, and Santucci's mother,
55-year-old Rosemary Holma, in the front yard of Santucci's home in the
7600 block of Anthony Road in Quincy Township, near Mont Alto.

He then fled to Ohio with his daughter, who was present at the time of the shootings, and was arrested the next morning.

According to charging documents in the case, Cleeves told his aunt that he went to the home to pick up his daughter when Santucci told him that Leia was his daughter and to get off his property.

Cleeves then reportedly shot Santucci, his estranged wife, and Santucci's mother as she came running out of the house, documents state. All three died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Cleeves also said he was trying to get to Michigan because he wanted his daughter to stay with his aunt, documents state.

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