Pa. child-sex abuse suspect kills self after Alabama murders

A photo of Kenneth Dion Lever from the Gardendale, Alabama Police Department

GARDENDALE, Ala. (WHTM) – A man free on bail as he awaited a child sexual abuse trial in York County shot and killed his ex-wife and two others in Alabama then took his own life after an hours-long manhunt, authorities said.

Police in Gardenville, Alabama, said 52-year-old Kenneth Dion Lever fatally shot 50-year-old Dana Reeves Lever and her sister, 65-year-old Bonnie Reeves Foshee, and Reeves Foshee’s husband, 69-year-old Don Austin Foshee at a mobile home park Wednesday morning.

Just before 6 p.m., police announced that Kenneth Lever died by suicide in Florida.

Police in Lower Windsor Township confirmed they arrested Lever in 2015 on child sexual abuse charges. Lever, who lived in Milton, Florida, was accused of sexually abusing a young girl for than five years beginning in 2005 and sometimes forcing a young boy to participate.

Court records indicate his trial in York County Court was scheduled for Sept. 11.

Court records in Alabama show Lever had been ordered to stay away from his ex-wife and their juvenile daughter. Dana Lever sought the protective order claiming her ex-husband was stalking and harassing them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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