WHITE MILLS- ArTwo brothers in White Mills were arguing Saturday night, resulting in the younger sibling shooting and killing the other, said State Police, Honesdale.
Benjamin Cain Kiefer, age 30, was taken into custody that night and charged with one count of Criminal Homicide. He was lodged in Wayne County Correctional Facility.
He is accused of murdering his 34-year old brother Kenneth Walter Kiefer.
Both have been living at the family residence at 170 Bucks Cove Road, Texas Township.
According to the State Police Criminal Investigation Unit, at approximately 10:56 p.m. On March 23, State Police responded to a shooting that occurred at the house. During a domestic dispute, the accused allegedly shot the victim multiple times with a handgun.
Ambulance personnel arrived on scene and found the victim with apparent gunshot wounds to his torso. He was found to be deceased. The accused was sitting on the couch with a .45 caliber handgun. EMS removed the pistol from off the couch since Benjamin was seated next to it and others in the house were very upset, police said.
Pennsylvania State Police arrived on scene and were told that Benjamin Cain Kiefer had shot his brother, Kenneth.
Also at home were their younger brother, age 20, and a woman, 28, who State Police identified as Benjamin’s girlfriend.
The youngest brother stated that Kenneth (referred to as Kenny in the affidavit) and Benjamin were fighting earlier Saturday evening at numerous Honesdale locations and in the vehicle they were riding in together. They continued to fight once they arrived at the residence.
Kenny then went into the living room and Benjamin into his bedroom. Then, Benjamin came out of the bedroom allegedly with his right hand behind his back, holding a gun. Benjamin walked out to the living room and pointed the gun at Kenny and then fired the gun one time into Kenny’s torso. The youngest brother then stated Kenny fell down onto the couch and Benjamin shot Kenny at least four more times.
According to the affidavit filed by State Police, Benjamin told Trooper Daniel Kimes that he shot his brother in self-defense, that Kenny "came at him and he went and got a gun and shot him."
The accused was secured in a patrol vehicle and read his Miranda rights.
At about 2 a.m. He was interviewed by State Police at the barracks. Benjamin Kiefer related that he was in the bedroom with his dog when Kenny Kiefer entered the room in an aggressive way, mumbling about Benjamin paying for the deed to the residence, and started punching him in the face. He said that Kenny is much larger than himself and trained in mixed martial arts. Benjamin told police he felt his only recourse was to protect himself by firing warning shots at his brother. Benjamin stated that it was dark in the house, and he fired the gun blindly into the hallway.
The affidavit further states that the youngest brother related that Benjamin and Kenny were arguing that evening and were fighting in the Pizza Hit parking lot as well as on the ride home. He told police that one at home, Kenny was in the living room, and Benjamin exited his bedroom with one hand behind his back. Benjamin then pointed a gun at Kenny.
At that point, Kenny raised his hands in front of him and Benjamin fired the gun once into Kenny's torso. Kenny fell onto the couch behind him and screamed. Benjamin then shot Kenny four more times, the affidavit states.
The 28-year old woman reported hearing multiple gun shots; she ran out of a room and saw Kenny on the floor. She grabbed a phone and ran outside to call 911, and handed the phone to the youngest brother.
Due to the homicide charge, no bail was set. Benjamin Cain Kiefer remains incarcerated, awaiting a Central Court hearing April 3rd at 9 a.m.