Terminally ill woman witnesses Ohio murder-suicide

By KANTELE FRANKO | January 11, 2012 | 2:35 AM EST

Crime scene tape blocks the driveway at the home of Paul Gilkey, about 5 miles north of Logan, Ohio on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. The Hocking County Sheriff's Dept. says that a dispute with family members over whether Gilkey's terminally ill wife should have been given tea and toast or an orange apparently upset him so much that he shot and killed two of his wife's sisters and his own son before killing himself on Monday night, Jan. 9. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Tom Dodge)

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say family tension over the care of a cancer-stricken woman caused a Logan man to kill his adult son and two sisters-in-law in front of his wife before killing himself.

A dispute Monday over whether the woman should have been fed tea and toast or an orange apparently set off 63-year-old Paul Gilkey.

Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North says Gilkey spared his wife and allowed his grown stepson to leave unharmed. The stepson drove away from the house in rural southeastern Ohio to seek a cellphone signal and call for help.

Relatives say Paul Gilkey had been stressed and upset while trying his best to care for his ailing wife, 59-year-old Darlene Gilkey who was receiving hospice care.