Gunman's wife in murder-suicide waives hearing
The wife of the man who pulled the trigger in the May 5 murder-suicide in Canton Borough has waived her preliminary hearing to the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, according to the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.
State police at Towanda said that it's alleged that Kimberly Jean Chisman, 46, of Canton, purchased the handgun used in the incident for her husband, Curtis Chisman, because he was unqualified or ineligible to purchase a firearm, due to a prior criminal conviction. Police said this is known as a "straw purchase."
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jeffrey P. Sredenschek reported that charges were filed against Kimberly Jean Chisman at Magisterial District Court 42-3-01 in relation to the incident. Police said she was charged with sale or transfer of firearms, a felony of the third degree and unsworn falsification to authorities, a misdemeanor of the third degree.
According to police, Curtis Shelton Chisman used the gun, a Taurus 9 mm handgun, to shoot Teesha Marie Rieco twice, resulting in her death, and that he then used the handgun to shoot himself once in the head region, resulting in his death. The incident occurred at 360 E. Main St. in Canton.
Police said that it was found that Kimberly Jean Chisman purchased the handgun Nov. 25, 2011 in Canton.
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