Tierne Ewing, battered and killed by husband 2 weeks after his was released on bond for kidnapping and torturing her – husband hospitalized for self inflicted wound

Husband ‘kills his wife’ after being let out on bond for ‘kidnapping her, holding her hostage and torturing her’ 


Ms Ewing, who was kidnapped at gunpoint by her husband while he was under house arrest  on charges he beat and abducted her two months earlier was found dead inside a barn, and he was was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police found the them Tuesday night after searching most of the day for them. Tierne Ewing, 48, was abducted from a home in West Finley Township by Kevin Ewing at about 12:30 a.m., authorities said, and the car they’d been in was found abandoned near a wooded area eight hours after that.

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By 9 p.m., police surrounded a barn several miles from where the woman was abducted. After forcing their way in, police found Tierne Ewing dead of an apparent gunshot wound and her husband with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

…a bit of history

Court documents show that Mr Ewing was arrested on July 8, on charges of kidnapping, carrying an unlicensed gun, aggravated assault, terrorist threats, false imprisonment, unlawful restraints and reckless endangerment. Ms Ewing was sent to a bank by Mr Ewing the to withdraw some money. Ms Ewing was hysterical was covered wit bruises. She told tellers she was being held captive and locked herself in a room. The tellers called the police who then found Mr Ewing outside the bank armed with a rifle, handgun and knife.

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Police confirmed  Ms Ewing was covered with injuries including bruises, burns and cuts. She told the police she  had been held against her will for several days, having been restrained with a cord around her neck, her hands tied behind her back with wires, and her mouth taped shut. Police said she had been hit in the head with a handgun, resulting in a concussion and a laceration that required staples. He was arrested.

Ms Ewing’s father Richard Kopko said :

“She was scared to death of him. He threatened her all the time, and he beat her up several times,” Richard Kopko said after authorities told him his daughter was dead. “July wasn’t the worst. She’s been beat so bad before.”

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“She told me years ago, ‘Dad, if you can’t ever find me, I’ll be buried on his dad’s farm,‘” 

The Judge

Mr Ewing was given bond of $100,000 by Common Pleas Judge Gary Gilman who refused to raise the bond amount as requested by  Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone, given the seriousness of the offenses. The Judge ordered Mr. Ewing confined to his home without weapons and made him wear an electronic ankle bracelet.

Some other details

Trooper Stefani Plume has said Mr. Ewing cut off the ankle device and left it at home before abducting his wife early Tuesday.

He is yet to be charged for her death




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