Investigators want to comb through a local police officer's wife's Facebook messages in the case of a slain Pennsylvania teacher, according to reports.
Rachael DelTondo, 33, was shot to death in her mother’s driveway in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania on Mother’s Day after her friend Lauren Watkins dropped her off. The pair were returning from a trip to get ice cream. DelTondo (pictured below) had been suspended from her job after an alleged affair with a student, according to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.
Now, the station is reporting that investigators have executed a search warrant on Lauren Watkins' mom, Stephanie Watkins, the wife of Aliquippa Police Sergeant Kenneth Watkins. The warrant is for Stephanie Watkins' private Facebook messages. Lauren Watkins told police that she did not hear any gunshots or see anything suspicious, the station reported.
Aliquippa Police Sergeant Kenneth Watkins, who was spotted arguing with other police officers at the scene of the crime, is on administrative leave during the investigation into DelTondo’s death, according to KDKA. DelTondo was “brutally shot at close range multiple times,” in the Aliquippa driveway soon after Lauren Watkins dropped her off, Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier told Newsweek.
DelTondo was suspended last year from her teaching job at Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School after confidential Aliquippa Police Department information that she had been found in a parked car at a hospital with a 17-year-old student was leaked to the public, KDKA reported. That student has been identified as Sheldon Jeter. At the time, DelTondo was questioned but never charged with any crime. A year later, details of that questioning were leaked, a leak which led to a state police investigation of the Aliquippa Police Department.
Jeter, now 20, has been questioned by police. They also confiscated his cell phone, Playstation, notebooks and some articles of clothing after carrying out a search.
“He’s not involved in this homicide, and no evidence has come forward to show that he is,” Michael Santicola, Jeter’s attorney told KDKA.
Police have not yet named any suspects.
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