2011-03-17 / Front Page

Sister Of Ricky Hann Arrested

Charged in connection with firearms used in homicide-suicide
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

The sister of accused murderer Ricky Hann was arrested this week for allegedly violating firearms regulations and making false written statements in connection with an ongoing investigation into the February 20 death of Hann’s ex-girlfriend Tina Souders.

Carol Sue Keefer of 2663 Mountain Road, Warfordsburg, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Garry Ford on March 15 with one count of sale or tranfer of firearms; 14 counts of persons not to possess/ use / manufacture / control / sell / transfer firearms; and five counts of unsworn falsifications to authorities.

Keefer, 46, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott on the charges that include one felony. She was released on $25,000 unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday, April 11, in Fulton County Central Court.

In an affidavit of probable cause, Trooper Ford said he and Cpl. William Baker interviewed Stephen Horst, Hann’s recent employer, who posted $4,000 bail through a bail bondsman on February 19 for the release of Hann, who only hours before had held Souders against her will with a sawed-off shotgun. Horst, his girlfriend and Keefer reportedly travelled to the Franklin County Prison and were on hand for Hann’s release at 11 p.m.

Horst, the affidavit maintains, asked Hann on the return drive to McConnellsburg if he had possessed a gun and where it was being hidden. The man also insisted “Keefer kept asking Hann where the gun was, but Hann wouldn’t tell her,” charging documents state.

Keefer confirmed in interviews with police investigators she stayed at her brother’s home in McConnellsburg following his release from jail until approximately 9 a.m. on February 20. They then went to Keefer’s residence, where Hann asked to go through his guns that were being kept by his sister since September 20 due to an active protect ion-from-abuse-order, the affidavit said. Together they wrote the values of each gun on a piece of tape and placed it on the respective weapons, which were reportedly to be sold to help pay back bail.

Keefer initially told police when her brother left her Belfast Township home between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. she didn’t think he took any of his guns, the affidavit states. However, by noon that day, Hann had forced Souders at gunpoint into the woods behind her Cito Road, Mc- Connellsburg, home where she was fatally shot with a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun. Hann also carried a Bay State 12-gauge shotgun over his shoulder in the shooting, police noted.

In reviewing an affidavit of safekeeping permit for relinquished firearms recorded through the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, state police learned Keefer was to have in her possession seven firearms belonging to Hann. The information section of the paperwork containing the list of guns was completed by Hann, and Keefer filled out and signed the remainder of the form.

According to the affidavit, Keefer told police she took the guns from Hann’s house, but never compared or verified what she had in her possession with what was listed on the safekeeping permit.

Having obtained a search warrant, police later found a total of 14 firearms at the Keefer residence. Five of Hann’s guns kept at the residence were not listed on the permit. In addition, the Winchester 12-gauge shotgun used in the shooting was listed on the permit but never found at the residence. It was already being kept in a state police evidence locker.

“Keefer related that two of the guns belonged to her boyfriend but that the others belonged to Hann,” said Ford in the affidavit. “... She related she didn’t know when her brother took the firearms used in the murder. She stated, ‘I don’t know when they got gone. I really don’t know.’ ”

Police concluded from their interviews with Keefer that Hann had a house key and therefore was able to access his sister’s home anytime he wanted. The guns were not locked in a secure location and were located on a bed in an upstairs bedroom.

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