The North Carolina man accused of leaving his marriage for his biological daughter, who he later impregnated and married, is now suspected of murdering her, their baby and her adoptive father before killing himself.
Police believe Steven Pladl, 45, committed the triple murder-suicide that spanned several states over the past week.
“This is a tragedy for everyone involved. We are all heartbroken,” Pladl’s attorney Rick Friedman told WNCN-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Police first found Pladl’s 20-year-old daughter, Katie Pladl, and her adoptive father, 56-year-old Anthony Fusco, shot dead in Connecticut. Both were found buckled up in a black pickup truck near an intersection in New Milford. The driver’s side window had been smashed, according to the News-Times in Danbury, Connecticut.
Police said the body of Steven Pladl was found shortly afterward in New York. He died of a gunshot wound.
Hours after those deaths were discovered, 7-month-old Bennet – the son of Steven and Katie – was