New details released in Tioga County homicide case
MANSFIELD – State police at Montoursville filed an affidavit of probable cause to obtain a search warrant in their search for the woman suspected in the Sept. 13 slaying of Oliver Litzelman, 82, of Liberty, and the stabbing and beating of his wife, Edwina, 81.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson’s office, police were contacted by the Litzelman’s daughter, Deborah Berstler, Sept. 15, when she reported the slaying of her father. Police said the man was shot in the head in the residence at 7832 Route 414, Liberty Township.
Trooper Matthew LaForme, of the Milton barracks, was able to interview Mrs. Litzelman at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where she was hospitalized.
According to LaForme, Mrs. Litzelman was bruised near her neck and throat, had a stab wound near the back of her right ear and complained of pain down the left side in her rib cage.
She told LaForme that on that Friday, at around 10 a.m., a green sedan backed into her driveway.
A “skinny white woman” exited and came to the door, telling Mrs. Litzelman she was a Litzelman descendant and was doing some genealogy.
She was invited into the residence where she asked that Mrs. Litzelman call her husband, who was working outside.
Once he came into the mudroom, the woman began asking about a safe deposit box and was told there was no safe deposit box, that their money was in the bank.
She then became agitated, Mrs. Litzelman said, and started pacing back and forth, according to court documents.
She wanted the couples’ checkbook to confirm how much was in the bank, so the checkbook was retrieved and handed over to her by Mrs. Litzelman.
At some point a physical altercation ensued between them as she kept demanding money, police said.
Oliver Litzelman tried to intervene. As he stepped between the two women, the suspect pulled a black handgun from her handbag and shot him.
Edwina gave her the money from her purse and told police she thinks the woman took her husband’s wallet.
The woman then pulled the phone cord from the wall and fled the residence, police said.
The warrant was issued by Carlson to include a search of all the couples’ financial records, credit reports, savings accounts, checking accounts and other bank accounts.
Geisinger did not have Mrs. Litzelman listed as a patient Wednesday.