Man Kills Wife's Online Love Interest: Cold Turkey Withdrawal from Meds
Paragraph six reads: "The defense attorney said Mears was killed with sudden passion, and if his client is guilty of anything, it can only be manslaughter and not murder. He also said McAnulty is an alcoholic and was on antidepressants and other medications that he stopped taking cold-turkey."
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Man On Trial For Killing Wife's Online Love Interest
Richard McAnulty Shot Harry Mears In Southwest Greensburg
POSTED: 12:14 pm EDT July 11, 2011 UPDATED: 5:20 pm EDT July 11, 2011
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- Before Richard McAnulty shot and killed his wife's suspected lover, he had discovered graphic emails depicting a "master-slave" relationship between the two of them, his lawyer told a jury on Monday.
It "wasn't your typical affair," defense attorney Tim Andrews said.
McAnulty, 55, of Center Township, Indiana County, is on trial for a murder charge. Police said he went to the Southwest Greensburg home of Harry Mears III, knocked on the front door, forced his way inside and shot the 39-year-old man on July 13, 2010.
Channel 4 Action News' Ashlie Hardway reported that Andrews said McAnulty was contemplating suicide on the day of the killing.
Instead, the man decided to go to a bar, where he had some drinks, then he went home, yelled at his wife and told her to leave, got back into his car, picked up a hitchhiker, drove toward Southwest Greensburg, dropped the hitchhiker off and went to Mears' house, according to Andrews.
The defense attorney said Mears was killed with sudden passion, and if his client is guilty of anything, it can only be manslaughter and not murder. He also said McAnulty is an alcoholic and was on antidepressants and other medications that he stopped taking cold-turkey.
But prosecutors said McAnulty killed "for the satisfaction of seeing a man die." They said he drove from Indiana to Southwest Greensburg and even stopped to ask directions to Mears' home before he broke down the door, chased Mears upstairs and shot the man, who jumped out a window in an escape attempt.
Mears fell from the roof before being shot again, prosecutors said. McAnulty told him, "You'll never sleep with another man's wife," according to witnesses.
"I saw Harry come out of his window -- the window on top of the porch -- then he rolled off the porch, feet first, down onto the ground," witness Joanne Fetter told Channel 4 Action News. "I saw the guy, the defendant, get into his truck. I saw him holding the gun in his hand and getting into his truck. It was a big gun, and it made a big noise, a big boom."
Testimony will continue Tuesday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse. The trial is expected to last about a week.
The district attorney's office is not seeking the death penalty.