Bryce Michael Leighton Wiki – Biography
Bryce Michael Leighton, 34, is charged with murder in the death of Tara Langley, 48, who died from a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. In a terse initial news release over the weekend, the sheriff’s office said neighbors reported the couple “often fights.” His last fight probably occurred on Friday night. During the early morning hours of the next day, sheriff’s deputies responded to what was first identified as an unknown disturbance. Authorities made the grim discovery at the home on East State Road 45. Officers also said they found what was described as an “AR-15 style rifle” and a “civilian style stun gun/tazer” near the victim’s body. The presence of the stun gun would prove a key part of the story, the defendant later told investigators, according to court documents obtained by Indianapolis-based Fox affiliate WXIN. On the night in question, a neighbor reported a suspicious person because a man was yelling outside well after midnight, documents state.
Bryce Michael Leighton is 34 years old.
When officers arrived, they allegedly found Leighton outside, with blood on his hands and clothing, screaming incomprehensibly about his “baby.” Langley, in the garage, had a pool of blood pooling around her head. According to investigators, the house was in a “general state of disarray.” Furniture, appliances and glass were broken. When questioned, the defendant remained “hysterical and difficult to understand,” agents wrote in a probable cause affidavit. In response to a question about what happened, Leighton allegedly told investigators that he was “having flashbacks,” began crying and said, “My baby, oh God.” Finally, he allegedly told police that he was trying to leave when “she came toward me.”
Leighton said Langley was drunk that night and was mean, according to the affidavit. She was often mean when she drank, she allegedly said, and the victim’s bouts of drunkenness and bad behavior had gotten increasingly worse in recent months. Leighton said she was trying to get away from Langley’s aggressive behavior and was packing her suitcase when she used the stun gun on him after he had allegedly warned her not to, according to the affidavit obtained by WXIN. “Everything became a blur,” she allegedly said, describing the ignition and explosion of the electronic defense weapon. During the altercation, he had the gun in her hands, Leighton allegedly said. The two had been dating for the past seven years. He has been charged with murder before. According to The Herald Times, Leighton spent several years behind bars for a 2010 incident in which he was drunk and driving a stolen car when he caused a head-on collision with taxi driver Gwendolynn Sanders, 31, who died at the scene.