Trial may be set soon in Fayette shotgun slaying
A Fayette County man accused of shooting and killing his wife in May could go to trial next week.
Glenn Wilmer Geary, 56, of 190 Geary Drive, Upper Tyrone Township, is scheduled for trial beginning Monday on a single charge of criminal homicide in the May 6 death of his wife, Sally Ann Geary, 42.
State police allege Geary fired a single shot from a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun that struck his wife in the face, head and chest while she sat in her Ford Escape in the driveway of their home.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by state police with the criminal complaint, the shooting occurred around 6 a.m.
The events that led up to the shooting began the night before when the couple argued, after which both Geary and his wife left their home in separate vehicles. Geary said he drove about a mile and a half and stopped, listened to the radio and drank beer.
When he returned home, Geary said, his wife was gone, and he got out his shotgun and went outside because his dogs began barking. Geary told police that as he walked back to the home, his wife pulled into the driveway and began shouting derogatory remarks at him.
Geary claimed he attempted to fire the shotgun above the vehicle, but instead shot through the windshield, hitting and killing his wife.
State police in New Castle were notified of the shooting by the Gearys’ daughter, Sonrisa Dulik. They then contacted state police in Belle Vernon, who discovered the body of Sally Geary still in her sport utility vehicle. Glenn Geary was inside the couple’s home.
The couple had a lengthy history of police visits to their home over domestic disturbances.
In court papers she filed in 1999, Sally Geary claimed her husband repeatedly beat her, shot at her and threatened her with knives. Sally Geary wrote in terse language that she was beaten unconscious on July 21, 1999, the incident that led to the application for a protection from abuse order.
Sally Geary also stated in her application that the abuse had been a long-running problem.
“Abuse started November 1990 and has continued. My life has been threatened if I call for help, receive medical treatment or try to leave my husband.
“Has put loaded rifles, shotgun and handgun to my head — has fired at me after throwing me out the door. Has pulled knives from the kitchen. Has come at me with screwdriver and hammer. Has broken chairs over me.”
The PFA was granted by Fayette County Judge Ralph Warman on July 30, 1999, but lapsed automatically after one year.
District Attorney Nancy Vernon has said she will seek a first-degree murder conviction in the killing.