Bedford County man shoots wife, step-daughter, turns himself in

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NAPIER TOWNSHIP, BEDFORD COUNTY, PA. (WTAJ) — A Bedford County man is in custody after he told State Police that he shot his wife and 12-year-old stepdaughter.

Benjaman Lee Figard of New Paris was at his home on Thursday afternoon when police say he shot his family. The 35-year-old then called 9-1-1 and told them what he had done.

Pennsylvania State Police in Bedford report that he was taken into custody without incident at roughly 8:45 p.m.

A new report shows that Figard had shot his wife in the basement before shooting the 12-year-old stepdaughter in the living room. Police found both in the basement after Figard took the body of the stepdaughter to the basement. Troopers attempted lifesaving efforts with no success. Both were declared dead shortly after 9 p.m.

A search warrant found blood in the living room, on the couch, and on the carpet, as well as carpet cleaner bought a few hours earlier at a Dollar General.

Figard has been charged with criminal homicide, murder, voluntary manslaughter, and tampering with evidence.

Figard’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 13.

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