Troopers: Wife Shot Husband at Kitchen Table

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KLINE TOWNSHIP -- State police now call a death in Schuylkill County a case of homicide. A woman is accused of killing her husband.

The 69-year-old woman is charged with the murder of her husband. Police believe she shot and killed her husband while he was sitting at the kitchen table.

Police say Jane Schreiner, 69, admitted to shooting her husband Kenneth Schreiner, 56, in the chest around 3 p.m. Thursday at their home on Hillside Road in Kline Township.

State police say that woman admitted she had threatened her husband's life in the past, at some points telling him, "Don't go to sleep. I'm going to slice your throat!"

At another point, telling him she was going to shoot him and then apparently followed through with it Thursday afternoon.

The wife told police the couple had been arguing in the home about her family. She said the argument had gotten so loud, she was embarrassed that neighbors could hear.

Police said she went to the bedroom, pulled out the gun from the nightstand, and shot her husband while he was sitting at the kitchen table.

Neighbors and a friend of the couple who gave statements to state police disagree with the picture being painted for the husband, Kenneth Schreiner, as hot tempered.

"I didn't know they fought at all!"

Margaret Andes was a friend of the couple and lives across the street. She heard the frightening sound of the gunshot when the alleged murder happened.

She is suspicious of Jane Schreiner's account of the dispute, saying Jane's husband worshiped his wife and no one knew him to be a hot-tempered man.

"It's so unrealistic. Ken was known as the Good Samaritan. He would work. Everything he did was for his Janey. 'My Janey, my Janey.'"

Jane Schreiner is now locked up in the Schuylkill County jail. She's charged with his murder, facing an open count of criminal homicide with no bail at this point.


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