Coroner In Ohio Changes Ruling In 1972 Death

Published February 11, 2012 2:00AM (EST)

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — A coroner in Ohio has changed the ruling in the 1972 death of a woman after her widower killed three relatives and himself last month in front of his cancer-stricken second wife — the first wife's sister.

The Logan Daily News first reported Friday that Hocking County Coroner David Cummin changed the ruling in Carolyn Gilkey's death from suicide to undetermined.

Cummin tells The Associated Press he reviewed the 40-year-old case after the triple homicide and suicide of Paul Gilkey. He says that 1972 investigative photos of Carolyn Gilkey with a shotgun look staged.

In January, Paul Gilkey fatally shot the adult son and two other sisters of second wife, Darlene Gilkey, as she watched, bedridden with cancer, in their Logan home in southeast Ohio. He then killed himself.

By Salon Staff

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