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Police hope public appeal will lead to clues in murder

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Police in Miami Township, Clermont County are asking for help solving a murder.

Someone killed Paul Leiter just over a year ago, now investigators hope a witness or someone with information is willing to come forward.  According to people who knew him, 65-year-old Paul Leiter did not have an enemy in the world.

"Paul was one of those people that everyone liked, so it's unusual in this case that anyone would have targeted him," Sgt. Al Fatute of the Miami Township Police Department said.

Leiter was shot to death at his home around 8 p.m. on February 11, 2013 by a gunman who fired through the window on pine bluff drive.  Police say the victim was sitting in a chair reading or watching TV and they believe whomever fired the shot had to know that someone was going to be in that chair at that time.

But targeted at whom?

Sgt. Fatute said, "It s hard to say whether the shooter intended to shoot Paul or his wife, because they wouldn't have had eye contact with him. We can't say with absolute certainty that he was not the target."

In fact, the investigation first focused on the job of Paul's wife Ann who worked for the State Board of Pharmaceutical's.  She had investigated a pharmacist named Michael Krusling and her investigation led to the revocation of his license.  Krusling's house was searched and the next day he committed suicide.

That interview combined with the suicide led to a lot of public speculation that Kursling not only was a suspect but he was the suspect.  But police have now determined that Krusling not only was not a suspect, he had nothing to do with this case.  Nor, police say, did anyone else connected with the wife's work as a Pharmaceutical Investigator

Police also say neighbors should not worry.  This was a targeted crime.  But at whom, by whom ... still the questions.  With Michael Krusling officially ruled out as a suspect, police are hoping that anyone who might have figured "Well,the cops knew who did it.  He's dead no reason to say anything," will now come forward if they have any useful information.

If you can help solve this case, call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

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