Accused killer’s preliminary hearing set Tuesday

COUDERSPORT – A former music teacher has been charged in the shooting death of his ex-wife as she sat in church last month.

According to state police, Gregory L. Eldred, 52, entered the First United Presbyterian Church Dec. 2 and shot and killed his 53-year-old ex-wife, Darlene Sitler, during Sunday services as she played the organ.

Eldred has been charged with first- and third-degree murder in connection with her death and is being held in the Potter County Jail without bail.

His preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday before District Judge Annette L. Easton.

The church reopened its doors Sunday after being closed for more than a month since the shooting.