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    Default The Keeffes Murdered in Their Home (Pennsylvania)

    Friday, November 24, 2006 — Time: 1:51:47 PM EDT


    Law firm sets $10K reward as police seek couple’s killer

    By CHERYL R. CLARKE - cclarke@sungazette.com

    ELMIRA STAR-GAZETTE

    SAYRE — Attorney David Burke Keeffe and his wife were probably getting ready to go to their Cape Cod vacation home when they were killed Friday, a close friend said.

    Keeffe, 56, and his wife Carol Ann Keeffe, 60, were found shot to death at their Athens Township home late Sunday afternoon. Family members and neighbors had been unable to reach them for two days. (Obituaries, Page B-7.)

    An autopsy performed Monday confirmed the two died of shotgun wounds, according to a state police release.

    The killer or killers are still at large and being sought by state police and Athens Township police, who made the gruesome discovery.

    The DeSisti and Keeffe law firm, where Keeffe practiced with his father-in-law, Michael DeSisti, has posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. The reward is in addition to a Crime Stoppers reward being offered, according to state police.

    Anyone who may have been in the area of Moore Road between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, when police think the Keeffes were murdered, is asked to contact them or Crime Stoppers.

    Police would not comment further on details surrounding the case.

    Attorney Patrick Barrett III of Canton, a friend and colleague of Keeffe, said Tuesday he heard from a “reliable source” that the lawyer was found dressed in a suit in the garage of his home, at the end of a gated drive, and his wife was found in the kitchen.

    Barrett said he had no idea why anyone would want to kill the Keeffes, but he thought robbery had been ruled out as a motive, as he had heard nothing was missing from the house, located at the end of a private lane.

    “The place they live in has a security gate and the driveway was locked. There were three other families that lived on the property and no one heard or saw anything,” he said.

    Keeffe’s sister-in-law lives on a property nearby, Barrett said.

    Barrett said he and Keeffe had worked together often.

    “Though we have been adversaries in the courtroom, we did things together all the time. In fact, I just had lunch with him last week,” he said

    He heard about the death while at a bear hunting camp Monday.

    “He was well thought of as a gentleman and a very through and brilliant attorney,” Barrett said.

    Keeffe, an litigation specialist who had worked in his father-in law’s firm since 1975, represented clients in federal court in Williamsport and in Bradford County and Tioga County court, Barrett said.

    The family firm included his daughter and son-in-law, who both joined the firm in 2002, Barrett said.

    “He was a class act. I always enjoyed working with him,” Barrett added.

    Bob Gallagher, an attorney with Mitchell-Gallagher, Williamsport, said he had known David Keefe for 25 years, and that the man was “a lawyer of the first water.”

    “He was the brightest lawyer I knew with a broad range of practice. He did everything well and conscientiously. He personified the highest ideals of the profession,” he said.

    Gallagher said he heard about the murders Monday morning, and was “dumbstruck.”

    “It’s something you don’t expect. It was totally inexplicable. We were usually on opposite sides, but he was always professional, above-board and honest. I just couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to do this,” he said.

    Gallagher said Keeffe was always “genuinely concerned about his clients.”

    “They were not just a file to him,” Gallagher said.

    Gallagher recalled that when he lost his own daughter in the explosion of Flight 800 over Long Island ten years ago, Keeffe made the two hour trip to Montoursville for the viewing.

    “That’s just the kind of person he was,” he said.

    Tioga County District Attorney John Cowley also had nothing but the highest praise for Keeffe.

    Cowley said he first met Keeffe in 1979 as an assistant district attorney for then-District Attorney Rudy van der Hiel.

    “He defended a young man at a trial in front of Judge Kemp,” Cowley said. “He really took representing people seriously.”

    Cowley said he was “shocked” at the news.

    “Obviously this is an adversarial position and sometimes people have outcomes they don’t like but he’s not the type of person who would create a lot of anger,” he said.

    Attorney Ray Ginn, of Ginn and Vickery, Wellsboro, was a colleague and a friend who also knew Keeffe for 25 years.

    “We both came from the same part of the country just outside of Boston, Mass.,” he said. Keeffe would represent personal injury plaintiffs, Ginn the defendants.

    “He always approached cases in a reasonable manner, and we were able to resolve many cases together,” he said.

    “He’s the last person you could get mad at,” he added. Ginn said this is “the greatest tragedy personally that I know of.”


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    David Burke Keeffe

    David Burke Keeffe, 56, of Sayre, passed away unexpectedly with his wife, Carol Ann DeSisti Keeffe, Friday, Nov. 17, 2006 at their home in Sayre.

    David was born Jan. 5, 1950 in Cambridge, Mass., and married the former Carol Ann DeSisti on July 10, 1971.

    David graduated from Syracuse University in 1971 and had practiced law with his father-in-law, Michael J. DeSisti, at the DeSisti & Keeffe Law Firm since graduating from Suffolk Law School in 1975. David truly loved the law and his work was a passion. He was a devoted family man and loved books, reading, theatre, spending time in Cape Cod and spending time with his grandchildren.

    David was an active litigation attorney and was certified as both a Civil and Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. David has been an active member of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and served on its Board of Governors from the mid 1980’s through the mid 1990’s. David was a past officer of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyer’s Association and was the current President of the Bradford County Bar Association. David practiced law in federal and state courts in both Pennsylvania and New York. He worked on all cases, big and small, with the same gusto and intensity. He took his job very seriously and believed that it was important to give everyone access to the justice system.

    David was a member of the Sayre chapter of UNICO, a former director of the Commonwealth Bank and Trust Company in Williamsport from 1981-1995, he supported numerous local charities and causes, and he was a member of the Church of the Epiphany in Sayre.

    --snip--

    A memorial service for David and Carol will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, S. Elmer Ave., Sayre. A private interment will be held in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. There are no calling hours.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Sayre Public Library, 122 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840 or the Sayre chapter of UNICO to the attention of Mario Conte, Secretary/Treasurer, 206 Allison St., Sayre, PA 18840 in David Burke Keeffe’s memory.

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    Carol Ann Keeffe

    Carol Ann DeSisti Keeffe, 60, of Sayre Hill, Sayre, passed away unexpectedly with her husband, David B. Keeffe, Friday, Nov. 17, 2006 at their home in Sayre.

    Carol was born Aug. 16, 1946 in Waverly, N.Y. and married David B. Keeffe on July 10, 1971. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1968 and taught senior high English in Syracuse and in Melrose, Mass., until 1975.

    Carol was absolutely devoted to her family. She was a partner to her husband, a “mom” to many and the foundation that held all together with her love and kindness. Carol took great pride in helping her children achieve success, always stressing the importance of education. Her passion for family and teaching was shared with her nieces who summered with her at Cape Cod. She spent hours in her garden and was a fantastic Italian cook. She and her husband David were frequent visitors to New York City where they enjoyed sharing their love of the theater and fine dining with family and friends.

    Her family and many friends always found support in her advice and wisdom.

    --snip--

    A memorial service for Carol and David will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, S. Elmer Ave., Sayre. A private interment service will be held in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. There are no calling hours.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Sayre Public Library, 122 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840 or the Sayre chapter of UNICO to the attention of Mario Conte, Secretary/Treasurer, 206 Allison St., Sayre, PA 18840 in Carol Ann DeSisti Keeffe’s memory.

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    Default A Tragedy in God's Country

    I'd like to know what kind of scum entered the Keeffe's home uninvited last Friday and murdered this wonderful couple in cold blood.

    My guess is the detritus that roams secluded wooded areas in PA. (and other states), breaking into homes, and looking to steal guns and money, then killing whoever tries to stop them.

    We get a crime like this up here about once a year. I hope the SOB left enough of a trail for the State Police to apprehend him very soon.

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    Default Investigation Ongoing

    Investigation into double homicide continues

    By CHERYL R. CLARKE cclarke@sungazette.com



    SAYRE — Police were saying little Monday as the investigation continues into Friday’s double homicide of Sayre attorney David Keeffe, 56, and his wife, Carol, 60.

    The Keeffes were found dead in their home near Moore Road in Athens Township Sunday afternoon by township police, who had been asked to investigate Sunday afternoon after neighbors had not seen the couple all day Saturday.

    Results of an autopsy conducted Monday indicate that the Keeffes died of gunshot wounds sometime between 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, according to a late-day release from state police Monday.

    Keeffe was a partner with the DeSisti and Keeffe law firm in Sayre and was the president of the Bradford County Bar Association.

    A woman who answered the phone at the law firm Tuesday said the firm had no comment.

    ‘‘They were the most wonderful, caring and generous people you ever wanted to meet,’’ Melissa Keeffe said of her parents in a brief phone interview with The Associated Press on Monday night. Melissa Keeffe, who also is an attorney, worked at her father’s firm.

    Melissa Keeffe said she was instructed by police not to talk about the investigation.

    A phone message left Monday night at the office of Bradford County Coroner Gordon Farr was not immediately returned.

    State police at Towanda and Athens Township police are investigating the homicide. Neither had further comment Monday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Athens Township police, state police or Crime Stoppers.

    David Keeffe was a 1971 graduate of Syracuse University and a 1975 cum laude graduate of Suffolk University.

    He was a member of the Pennsylvania and American bar associations, former treasurer of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, 1985-1999; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

    David Keeffe was a former director of Commonwealth Bank and Trust Co. in Williamsport from 1981-1995.

    He joined the firm in 1975 as partner, expanding its trial practice in state and federal courts.

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    SAYRE -- Athens Township and state police are investigating a double homicide in Athens Township involving a prominent attorney and his wife.

    Township police found David Keeffe, 56, and his wife, Carol, 60, dead in their home near Moore Road at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a state police news release.

    Keeffe was with the DeSisti and Keeffe law firm here and was president of the Bradford County Bar Association.

    Police are not saying how the couple was killed until the results of an autopsy scheduled for today become available.

    No one from the township police department was available to comment this morning, but state police said they did not know why police were called to the residence or how the couple was found.

    A news conference may be held as more information becomes available, state police said.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Athens Township or state police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LurkerXIV
    Friday, November 24, 2006 — Time: 1:51:47 PM EDT


    Law firm sets $10K reward as police seek couple’s killer

    By CHERYL R. CLARKE - cclarke@sungazette.com

    ELMIRA STAR-GAZETTE

    Attorney Patrick Barrett III of Canton, a friend and colleague of Keeffe, said Tuesday he heard from a “reliable source” that the lawyer was found dressed in a suit in the garage of his home, at the end of a gated drive, and his wife was found in the kitchen.

    Barrett said he had no idea why anyone would want to kill the Keeffes, but he thought robbery had been ruled out as a motive, as he had heard nothing was missing from the house, located at the end of a private lane.

    “The place they live in has a security gate and the driveway was locked. There were three other families that lived on the property and no one heard or saw anything,” he said.


    http://www.sungazette.com/articles.asp?articleID=11754
    That's weird that a gated community only had three other families living there. It must be a new one, up and coming real estate? Jeez, I'd think those places would be safe. Nothing was missing. That's weird, too.

    You know what I missed in the obits? Survivors, like parents or kids. They are always listed in obits down here. But one of the articles said there is a daughter.
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    Carol Ann DeSisti - that's an unusual name, DeSisti. I don't think I've ever heard it before.
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    The names of their children and grandchildren are in the obits. You can read them at the links. I didn't think it prudent to name them here, so I snipped the article. There is still someone out there, and probably not too far away, who murdered this gracious couple.

    The reward has been increased to $50,000.

    The private gated complex where they lived is the home of immediate family. But I guess the houses are far apart, on acres of ground, and separated by a lot of trees. (That's how it looks on GOOGLE maps). The De Sistis are a prominent family in that town. Carol's father has been a lawyer there for decades. The Keeffe's daughter and son are both lawyers with the firm.

    It seems to me like the Keeffe's came up the drive and into the garage and surprised one or more burglars. I hope the burglars were dumb enough to leave their own evidence--fingerprints, hair, bootprints, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LurkerXIV
    The names of their children and grandchildren are in the obits. You can read them at the links. I didn't think it prudent to name them here, so I snipped the article. There is still someone out there, and probably not too far away, who murdered this gracious couple.

    The reward has been increased to $50,000.

    The private gated complex where they lived is the home of immediate family. But I guess the houses are far apart, on acres of ground, and separated by a lot of trees. (That's how it looks on GOOGLE maps). The De Sistis are a prominent family in that town. Carol's father has been a lawyer there for decades. The Keeffe's daughter and son are both lawyers with the firm.
    "
    It seems to me like the Keeffe's came up the drive and into the garage and surprised one or more burglars. I hope the burglars were dumb enough to leave their own evidence--fingerprints, hair, bootprints, etc.
    Well, duh me about the survivors in the obits. :-) I don't know if I'd think whoever murdered them is still hanging around. Could be, that's for sure.

    "Attorney Patrick Barrett III of Canton, a friend and colleague of Keeffe, said Tuesday he heard from a “reliable source” that the lawyer was found dressed in a suit in the garage of his home, at the end of a gated drive, and his wife was found in the kitchen."

    Maybe he was leaving or returning home from work, since she was in the kitchen? One of the articles said they were probably leaving for the weekend. Murdered on Friday, and found on Sunday. Dang.
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    Perhaps if they were expected to be away for the weekend no one expected them anywhere until their scheduled time of return.
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