Woman faces charges in death of husband
A 50-year-old Round Hill woman is to appear in Tahoe Township Justice Court on Tuesday to answer charges that she shot her 64-year-old husband, and tried to make it look like a suicide.
Tatiana Leibel is being held without bail in Douglas County Jail in Minden on an open murder charge.
She was arrested Tuesday, two days after she called 911 to report that her husband, Harold, had shot himself.
Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini said investigators determined that the victim had two gunshot wounds, one in the hand and one in the chest.
The victim was deceased when officers arrived.
“We are extremely comfortable that the person who killed Mr. Leibel is in custody,” Pierini said.
Tatiana Leibel was arrested at the home of an acquaintance, Pierini said.
Pierini said law enforcement had no prior contacts with the couple, and there was no immediate indication that either had a criminal record.
He said there was no one else at the couple’s Round Hill home at the time of the shooting.
Pierini said investigators were looking at the couple’s finances and other factors for a motive.
The Leibel shooting is the fourth homicide involving Douglas County residents in four months.
Pierini said Douglas County homicides were isolated incidents of domestic violence.
“This is more probably than we have experienced in a number of years,” Pierini said. “We work really hard with domestic violence prevention coordinator Connie Richardson, the district attorney’s office and the Family Support Council.”
He said in each incident, the sheriff’s office had no prior contact with the subjects involved.
“If we’d had information beforehand, we would have intervened,” Pierini said.
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