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Police: Arguments, Jealousy Led To Double Homicide

HUNLOCK TOWNSHIP — We are learning more information about what happened before and after a shooting Monday night that left a father and son dead.

Troopers say a tumultuous relationship boiled over this week.

Court records indicate that this deadly shooting happened Monday evening   but the bodies of Ronald and Jeffrey Evans weren’t found until Wednesday.

Troopers spent a second day in Sweet Valley, this time searching through the mobile home on a dirt road where James Roche and Holly Crawford lived.

Court records indicate their relationship was rocky and Roche was jealous of Crawford’s previous relationship with 73-year-old Ronald Evans, known to friends as “Barney.”

Troopers say Evans and his son Jeffrey were found shot to death at their home in Hunlock Township.

“It’s scary and around this area, you usually don’t have that stuff happening out here,” said Ester Shilanskis of Lehman Township.

The father and son lived in a mobile home near Hunlock Creek.

Roche is accused of pulling the trigger on Monday and shooting both men several times.

Crawford is charged as an accomplice.

Troopers say she told two people to watch the news this week and said the killings were “like shooting a deer.”

“Piercing of cats and stuff. So she has not been the most perfect person in the world.”

Donald Wesley and other neighbors say Holly Crawford is well known in the Sweet Valley area for the wrong reasons.

In 2010 she was convicted of animal cruelty for selling “goth kittens” after piercing their ears and tails.

“I was always a little concerned about Holly.”

Court records say Crawford told at least two people on Tuesday that Jeffrey Evans and his father “Barney” had been shot and killed but those people never reported it to authorities.

Autopsies completed this afternoon show that the father and son both died from several gunshot wounds.

Troopers say they recovered two guns and a set of knives.

They say both Crawford and Roche have confessed to the crime.

 



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