Police detail murder-suicide in Jefferson County

5:48 PM, Jan 22, 2014   |    comments
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JEFFERSON COUNTY - The man who killed his step mother and shot his dad was an Iraq War vet.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said 25-year-old Robert Leiman shot his dad and killed his stepmother, Margaret Leiman, 53, Monday night before turning the gun on himself.

Robert's father, Bruce, was shot and is still in the hospital in stable condition.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Robert was involved in a disagreement with his parents before the shooting. Investigators cannot release the nature of the argument at this time, but have told 9NEWS Robert's response to what the argument was about "does not make sense."

"During this argument, Robert walked to his room, came back upstairs and started firing," Jacki Kelley with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said. "He did have a revolver that belonged to him. We know that Robert shot at them, walked upstairs ... fired shots through the door."

Leiman was in the Army from 2006 until April of 2013, when he moved into his parents' home.

The Army did not say why he left or the nature of his discharge.

He was deployed to Iraq for a month in 2011 and earned a number of awards and decorations.

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