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Friday, June 11, 2010

Emporium Man Charged In Brockway Double Murder

Emporium Man Charged with Homicide

By Anne Holliday

An Emporium man has been charged with killing a Jefferson County couple in their home in April.

45-year-old Steven Rebert is charged with two counts each of criminal homicide and aggravated assault and one count of burglary.

James and Vicky Shugar were found shot to death in their home just south of Brockway on April 12.

Rebert is jailed without bail. State police and Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett held a news conference Friday evening to announce Rebert’s arrest.

Police say the Shugars' neighbors provided key pieces of evidence that led to Rebert's arrest.

One woman reported a suspicious vehicle to them March 3. A man saw a man parked in a car in the area. He wrote down the license number and said the man had a bolt-action rifle with him and knives in his belt. The license number belonged to Rebert's car. Two other residents also saw a car with one person in it parked along the road about 100 yards from the Shugars' home on March 3.

Police said Rebert's name kept coming up through the course of the investigation.

DNA samples of blood found on a pair of work boots in Rebert's possession were sent to the state police crime lab in Greensburg. The blood matched Wayne Shugar’s.

Police say information they obtained during their investigation was turned over to police in New York State, who are investigating murders in Genesee and Orleans counties in 2005 and 2007.

The Shugars were both 61 years old and had been married for 42 years. Wayne Shugar was a retired foreman at Owens-Brockway Glass. Vicky Shugar was the owner of the Flowers & More shop on Main Street in Brockway.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like he cased out the place and the couple before killing them, sad, very sad!

Anonymous said...

Steve Rebert lived and worked in Coudersport for several years.

Anonymous said...

Good Job PSP, thanks for getting this guy off the streets!