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October 10, 2013

Shooting details emerge

Two victims discovered Wednesday night

JOHNSTOWN — No motive is yet known for the alleged double homicide that took place in Johnstown’s Minersville neighborhood earlier this week.

The shooting victims – Kevin L. Burt, 33, and Alicia J. Welborn, 35 – were discovered Wednesday night. There were signs of drug use at the residence, located on the 100 block of Benshoff Street, according to Johnstown police Chief Craig Foust. A person who discovered the bodies, but who is not considered a suspect, was arrested after police allegedly found marijuana in his possession.

Burt was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges in December 2012.

Welborn, a former special education teacher at State Correctional Institution-Pine Grove in White Township, Indiana County, was charged with institutional sexual assault, official oppression, delivering obscene materials to a correctional facility, identity theft and forgery earlier this year.

But it is unknown if any of those factors were connected to their murders.

“It’s too early to say right now,” said Foust.

Cambria County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Lees pronounced both victims dead at 10:18 p.m. They were found on the first floor of the house. Autopsies were performed at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center on Thursday.

“Both received multiple gunshot wounds,” Lees said.

The two victims were shot in the head. Lees did not go into any more detail about the number of wounds, firearm used or the time the shootings occurred.

“I’m not going to elaborate on how many times they were shot or the location of the wounds,” said Lees. “It’s an ongoing investigation.”

A call came into the police at 9:20 p.m.

Burt and Welborn were reportedly discovered by Justin Turner, who was later arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

He was arraigned on Thursday. “They were found by a friend who came to check on them,” Lees said.

Foust added, “He was a reporting party, not a suspect.”

The JPD is continuing its investigation. No witnesses have been located.

“If anybody has information, give us a call,” said Foust.

Burt and Welborn are the sixth and seventh homicide victims in Johnstown this year. There have been 10 total murders in Cambria County.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/Dave_Sutor.

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