Death in Olds Ruled a Suicide
Authorities say John Harville shot himself after tying up wife and assaulting her
by John Mangalonzo
The Hawk Eye, April 28, 2012
OLDS – State investigators on Friday said the man found dead inside the kitchen of his home in this northern Henry County town Wednesday apparently shot himself after badly beating and tying up his wife.
An autopsy conducted on 43-year-old John A. Harville indicated he died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators said a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol was in his hand when he was found.
Jeff Uhlmeyer, an agent from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said Debra Layton-Harville, 50, called 911 Wednesday afternoon and told dispatchers her husband, John Harville, had beaten her badly, and he still was inside their home at 201. S. Smith St., with a gun.
While Layton-Harville was talking to a dispatcher, a single gunshot could be heard in the background.
Authorities arrived and met with Layton-Harville, who they described as suffering from multiple injuries to her face.
She reportedly told investigators she had been tied up and assaulted by her husband for several hours.
John Harville was found, gun in hand, on the kitchen floor. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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