A woman who broke into the home of former Beatle George Harrison has been found dead in a blood-spattered vehicle in what police believe is a murder-suicide.
The bodies of Cristen Keleher, 34, and Stanley Merchant, 48, were found on December 19 inside Merchant’s sport-utility vehicle near a highway north of the Sierra Nevada town of Truckee, California.
Evidence showed that Keleher was shot dead outside the vehicle and then placed inside and driven a short distance, investigators said.
Merchant then sat down next to her body and shot himself in the head, Truckee’s Sierra Sun newspaper reported.
Keleher had been accused in 1999 of breaking into Harrison’s Hawaii home through an open sliding glass door, cooking a frozen pizza, doing her washing and phoning her mother in New Jersey.
She pleaded no contest to misdemeanour charges of illegally entering Harrison’s home and was sentenced to one year’s probation and ordered to return to New Jersey.
She admitted she was in Harrison’s home without his permission but said she was feeling sick and was seeking shelter from the rain. She told the court she loved Harrison and never meant him any harm.
Keleher was arrested a week before Harrison was stabbed in the chest by an intruder in his mansion near London. Harrison, who suffered a collapsed lung in the attack, died of cancer in 2001 at 58.