Grove City man jailed for wife's murder
A Grove City businessman charged in connection with the bludgeoning death of his wife is out of the hospital and in jail.
Randall Harland Leaf, 58, has been in the Mercer County Jail since Wednesday when he appeared before a district magistrate on charges of Criminal Homicide and Aggravated Assault.
Leaf allegedly struck his newlywed wife, 53-year-old Gretchen Pallack, over the head with a dumbbell at the apartment they shared over the Superior Bedding store both operated on South Broad Street.
Police found Leaf in the apartment bleeding from lacerations on his wrists and neck that officers believe were self-inflicted.
Leaf told officers that his wife, Gretchen Leaf, was downstairs, where police found her body.
Following surgery at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Leaf was taken to jail where he remained held without bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 21.
District Attorney Peter Acker told 21 News earlier that a court has ordered that Leaf will be transferred to Torrance State Hospital in Pittsburgh where he will undergo a mental evaluation.