Teacher Charged With First Degree Murder
|Gregory Lynn Eldred|
Trooper David A.Surra, of the Pennsylvania State Police, arraigned Eldred before On-Call District Judge Delores Weiss at 11:00 pm Sunday night. He is charged with:
Eldred was remanded to the Potter County Jail to await a Preliminary Hearing before District Judge Annette L. Easton tentatively scheduled for December 6 at 1:00 PM. The charges are not eligible for bail. Eldred is represented by Wellsboro Attorney William A. Hebe, Esq.
|Darlene J. Sitler|
Witnesses say Eldred entered the church located at Main & 4th Street in Coudersport thru a side door and fired two shots striking his ex-wife, 53 year old Darlene J. Sitler, and killing her instantly The killing took place at 11:22 am during the church service while Sitler played the piano, in front of the entire congregation.
Church members reportedly subdued Eldred until police were able to take him into custody. Potter County Coroner Kevin J. Dusenbury, Sr., pronounced the victim dead at 12:15 PM.
One of Eldred's neighbors reported that police had been to his house last week and carried out guns, computers, and cell phones. No motive for the killing has been released by police at this time.
Eldred taught Music K-4, Lessons 5-6 and Elementary Band at the Coudersport Elementary School and has outstanding credentials.
Eldred graduated from Bald-Eagle Nittany H. S. in Mill Hall, Pa. where he was a member of their Atlantic Coast Champion "Panther" Marching Band. He also was an all-state band member. While at Indiana University of Pa., he was the lead alto saxophone player for the Mellowmen Jazz Ensemble and the Ten O'Clock Jazz Band. He was also the principal clarinet player for the orchestra, wind ensemble, and symphonic band.
He also performed in the saxophone quartet, woodwind quintet,the IUP Marching Band and the Rhine Valley Dixieland Band. After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from IUP, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Army Band of NYC. While in NYC, he studied clarinet with David Glazer of the New York Woodwind Quintet at Mannes College of Music. During the same time period, he studied with Leon Russianoff at the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He received the Army Commendation Award for Distinguished Service as a clarinet soloist with the Army Band of NYC.
Eldred has taught music in the Coudersport School District since 1986. Since that time, he has earned a MEQ in Music Ed. He holds graduate certificates in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk from Mansfield University and a Kodaly Method Level 1 from Duquesne University. He has completed 2 levels of band instrument repair from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
He is currently principal clarinet for the Southern Tier Symphony, Olean Community Orchestra and Wellsville Performing Arts Orchestra and plays saxophone in several community ensembles.
Pennsylvania State Police at Coudersport was assisted by Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson, Austin, Police, Coudersport Police, Sweden Twonship Police, PSP Emporium, PSP Mansfield, PSP Montoursville and the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept and Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance.