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Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 4:05 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 4:05 PM
WEST CHESTER — On his final afternoon, George Gibson left work early, without explanation.
Within a few hours, someone shot the Procter & Gamble researcher nine times in his West Chester home. The killer, who apparently broke in through a rear basement window, also killed Gibson’s two pet Bernese Mountain dogs, Hugo and Capella.
“We believe he received a phone call at his work that made him leave early,” said Det. Doug Farris, the latest to investigate the nearly 13-year-old cold case.
Gibson, 47, was shot to death June 22, 2000. His wife Paige Smith, also a Procter & Gamble researcher at the time, was in upstate New York on a business trip that day.
“It’s one of those things where nothing makes sense,” Smith said last week from Oxford, NY, where she now lives. “It’s so foreign to me. So unlikely that George would have a passionate enemy.”
Gibson is hardly the typical murder victim, Farris said, noting that “he did not have a high-risk lifestyle.”
Gibson graduated from Brown University, then received his degree in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University. After practicing in Vermont, he went to Cornell University, where he received a doctorate in pathology. While at Cornell, he met Smith, who was pursuing her doctorate in veterinary clinical nutrition there.
The couple moved from New York to the Cincinnati area about two years before the murder. Gibson worked at P&G’s Ross facility and Smith at the Mason branch.
Smith and Gibson’s sister, Judy, who lives in New York and did not want her last name used, both said that Gibson was a generous man, an animal lover and a pillar of the family. He helped people, was involved with his church and the Boy Scouts, even though he and Smith did not have children.
Gibson’s last day was a Thursday. Smith saw him before going to work. After work, she flew to Norwich, NY. Gibson was seen leaving work about 3:40 p.m., then seen arriving home around 5:20 p.m.
Smith became concerned after she could not reach Gibson by phone and, the next day, asked a neighbor to check on him. P&G employees had called police after Gibson did not arrive at work, and officers arrived just as the neighbors were about to enter the home. About 12:30, police found his body on the first floor of the home at 7165 Tylersville Road.
Gibson was shot seven times in the head, once in the neck and once in the chest. The killer fired at least five more shots at the dogs. One was found in the basement near the broken window. The other was found on the main floor.
Farris said that it appeared that someone sat Gibson down, had a talk with him, then executed him. He described the crime as “very personal.”
Nothing was missing from the home, though some things had been moved around, Farris said.
There were no suspects, and no known reason for Gibson’s slaying. But police found that Gibson had a secret life after a woman came forward and told them that she had met Gibson through a dating phone service. Police now believe Gibson had contact with several people through the service, Farris said.
Asked about the phone service, Smith said “I guess it’s possible,” but added that it didn’t sound like him. His sister said she found it nearly impossible and described Gibson as “very straight laced” and the couple as extremely close.
“We always said George and Paige together, like it was one word,” she said. “He and Paige had a very tight marriage. It seems unlikely to me.”
The two speculated that Gibson could have been the victim of a botched hit, in which a killer went to the wrong house, or that his generosity could have gotten him in trouble. On at least one occasion, Gibson helped a female acquaintance leave an abusive partner, they said.
“I could see him trying to help someone who was in trouble,” the sister said.
But Farris said that evidence found at the scene points more closely to the dating service, though he declined to say what that evidence was.
His family members said that they just want to know what happened to Gibson, and why.
“It would be wonderful to have some sort of explanation,” his sister Judy said. “We’ll grieve him all our lives, but at least we’d know what happened.”
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:01 PM
HARRISON TWP. — A 22-year-old Harrison Twp. man is accused of seriously injuring his newborn son earlier this month.
Hopeton M. Taylor was indicted today for felonious assault and two counts of endangering children, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
Taylor’s 8-week-old son was brought to Dayton Children’s Hospital June 6, when he was unresponsive and suffering from multiple skull fractures and other serious injuries.
Prosecutors said Taylor was home alone with the newborn when he was injured; when the baby’s mother returned home, she found him unresponsive and took him to the hospital.
Taylor has been in the Montgomery County Jail since his June 8 arrest. He is being held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:55 PM
MORAINE — UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.:
A 23-year-old man was arrested this afternoon during a raid at a home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike.
Logan R. Lucas, 23, was arrested at 2 p.m. and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, online jail records show.
Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies removed items from the home and deep in the woods behind the property, but so far have not said what led to the investigation.
A large number of law enforcement officers have been at a Germantown Pike property all day.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, SWAT and RANGE task force members have been at the home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and deep into the woods.
One man was spotted handcuffed in back of a cruiser.
Deputies brought a semi and dumpster back into the woods, and neighbors say they want to know what they’re looking for.
“My stepdad actually asked what was going on and they said that they found a bunch of stuff, and that was it,” neighbor Marissa Jacobs said.
“They found stuff back there. They’ve carried out huge tubs, looked like it was really heavy. Big boxes of things. They carried out stuff in cloths, white cloths.”
Neighbors said the RANGE task force was ready to break down the home’s front door when one of them offered a key. They said they watched deputies carry out several guns, and then the task force did break a door to get into the garage.
Crews also removed two dogs along with their food and water bowls from the home, Jacobs said.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:14 PM
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A Bexar County Sheriff's Department deputy was arrested on a felony charge of super aggravated sexual assault Sunday after a 4-year-old girl’s mother was blackmailed to stay silent about the abuse, according to police. The victim’s mother is an undocumented immigrant and was threatened with deportation if she spoke out.
KENS reported that department officials arrested detention Deputy Jose Nunez, 47, after the victim told her mother about the abuse Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas.
Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a news conference Sunday that the mother went to a local fire station and Nunez was arrested.
"The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time," Salazar said, adding that Nunez had physical contact with the victim and there was "at least some indication of minor injury."
"We have reason to believe that this goes back at least several months, possibly a couple of several years," Salazar said.
Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the department, is on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:05 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:33 PM
SPRINGFIELD — UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m. (June 18): Police are asking the public for help to track down a suspect or suspects in Sunday’s deadly shooting outside the Wagon Wheel.
Police so far have confirmed that someone pulled out a gun during an altercation outside the business, 1005 S. Burnett Road, that left one person dead and two people wounded. Police were dispatched sometime after 2 a.m. on a report of shots fired.
Jahream Daemond Beard, 35, of Springfield, died at the scene. Police said they arrived to find a woman, identified as a registered nurse, administering CPR.
A witness told police she saw a vehicle speed out of the parking lot and head south on South Burnett Road.
One of the other victims, identified as Demetrius Clay, 29, also of Springfield, told police he was shot in one of his legs as he ran to his car when he heard multiple gunshots from the parking lot.
He was able to get into the car of a friend, who took Clay to Springfield Regional Medical Center, police said.
Clay told police he did not see who was shooting or where the shots came from.
The third victim, identified as Deric Hunt, 20, also of Springfield, told police he was leaving the bar when he saw a large group of females arguing and getting physical with each other.
Hunt said he then heard multiple gunshots, grabbed his mother and sister, and they all ran to a vehicle. He said one of the slugs hit him in his leg as he was running. His mother drove them to the hospital.
Hunt also told police he did not see who was shooting or where the shots came from.
Clay and Hunt’s injuries were non-life threatening, police said.
Police division homicide investigators said they are aware there were several individuals at the business during the shooting. Those witnesses, along with anyone who may have information about the shooting, are asked to contact police at 937-324-7685.