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Father Shot Young Sons As Revenge Against Estranged Wife

Mon, September 10, 2012 6:45pm EDT by 11 Comments
Handout Photo, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

An Arizona man is accused of shooting his two boys to death and then trying to kill himself at the height of a bitter divorce battle with his estranged wife. Read on for all the shocking details.

Andre Leteve is facing charges stemming from the shooting death of his sons Alec, 5, and Asher, 1, after he allegedly gunned them down as revenge against his wife Laurie. She left Andre after she discovered he had been having affairs with prostitutes.

After shooting his two boys, Andre allegedly turned the gun on himself, firing the trigger in his throat, but the bullet instead went through his nose and he survived. “I just shot and killed my sons and shot myself,” he said in a 911 call he placed shortly after the shootings.

Andre reportedly told detectives that he killed the boys because their mother was planning on moving them to Florida, according to Phoenix station KTVK.

“The state claims one of the motives for killing the sons was revenge because Laurie, [his] wife and the children’s mother, left him after finding out that [he] had sex with multiple prostitutes,” According to public record obtained by The Arizona Republic.

“Laurie was dating someone else at the time of the shootings. The other motive stems from the defendant’s poor finances at the time of the shooting,” the document continued.

Jury selection is set to begin in the trial for the incident, which occurred in March 2010.

What a tragedy HollyMoms. We hope the family can find justice.

— Christina Stiehl

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