Man shot his wife, then killed himself, Glenwood police say

Investigators have concluded that “clear and convincing” evidence shows that a 79-year-old Glenwood Springs man shot his wife before taking his life in a murder-suicide last October.

Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire and the Glenwood Springs police announced their findings in a joint news release Thursday.

They were investigating the deaths of Joseph Llewellyn, who was found dead at his home on Oct. 18, and Mary Kent, 71, who was found alive in another room, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She later died.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation assisted in the case, and did analysis of DNA samples related to the investigation.

“The samples sent to CBI confirmed that there was no evidence of a third person at the residence who could have contributed to the death of Kent or Llewellyn,” authorities said in their release. “Furthermore, physical and medical evidence from the scene investigation and autopsies are clear and convincing that Mr. Llewellyn shot Mrs. Kent in the head and then shot himself in the head.”

The incident shocked the Glenwood Springs community, where the couple had been active and well-known. Llewellyn grew up in the Glenwood Springs area and had worked in the insurance business. Kent had worked as an accountant, and both had been active in the Rotary Club.

A friend of the couple has said the two had been having health problems, and that while Kent remained upbeat, Llewellyn may have been depressed due to his deteriorating condition.

“We heard there were some health issues but we don’t know if that’s what triggered this event,” Glenwood police chief Terry Wilson said.

He said that there were “bits and pieces” of information about what may have prompted the shootings but nothing conclusive.

“There were no clear motives,” he said.

Llewellyn didn’t leave a suicide note.


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