- On March 25 the arrest of Benjamin Cain Kiefer, 30, was announced by Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards.
Benjamin is accused of murdering his brother, Kenneth Walter Kiefer, 34, at a residence on Bucks Cove Road, according to an affidavit.
On March 23 just before 11 p.m. the Wayne County Communication Center contacted Pennsylvania State Police, Honesdale, and notified them of a shooting and possible homicide at 170 Bucks Cove Road, White Mills, Texas Township.
Upon arrival by EMS personnel, Kenneth was found with apparent gunshot wounds to his torso. When they checked him, he was deceased. Benjamin was on the couch with a .45 caliber handgun.
Kevin Kiefer and Ralissa Gibson were also at the home.
When PSP arrived on scene, they were told that Benjamin shot his brother Kenneth minutes earlier following a fight between them.
Police interviewed their brother Kevin as well as Ralissa, who is the alleged girlfriend of Benjamin.
Kevin said Kenneth and Benjamin were fighting earlier that evening at numerous locations in Honesdale including the vehicle they were riding in together.
He said they
continued to fight once they arrived at the residence. Police were told that Kenneth went into the living room and Benjamin went into his bedroom. Then Benjamin came out of the bedroom allegedly with his right hand behind his back, holding a gun.
Benjamin walked out to the living room and pointed the gun at Kenneth, then fired the gun one time into
his torso. Kevin then stated Kenneth fell down onto the couch and Benjamin shot him at least four more times.
Benjamin was charged with one count of Homicide by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Sharon Palmer and Wayne G. Thomas, Jr. He was taken into custody at the scene of the crime and appeared before Magistrate Theodore Mikulak in the early hours of Sunday morning and arraigned.
He was incarcerated in the Wayne County Correctional Facility without bail. He is expected to appear April 3 for Central Court at the Wayne County Courthouse at 9 a.m.
District Attorney Edwards stated that the responding PSP troopers "acted swiftly" to secure the scene and "ensure the safety" of the community.
The matter continues to be an ongoing investigation.
Coroner Edward Howell listed the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at 12:02 a.m. March 24.