New details emerge in killing of Scottsdale boys

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by Dan Neligh

azfamily.com

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 6 at 4:42 PM

SCOTTSDALE -- Friends say that the mother of the two children allegedly murdered by their father on Wednesday had been struggling for years to have kids.

According to investigators, 38-year-old real estate broker Andre Leteve and his wife Laurie were going through a divorce.

On Wednesday, police said Andre Leteve called 911 and said he had shot his child. When they arrived at his Scottsdale home, officers found his sons, 5-year-old Alec and 1-year-old Asher, dead.

Andre was alive with what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Police say Laurie Leteve was not home at the time. Laurie's family attorney Bob Jensen said there was no indication that Andre would become violent.

"I will challenge anyone to say that there were warning signs here that should have been picked up on by her, by the lawyers by anyone," Jensen said. "They just simply didn't exist."

Jensen also said there had never been a threat that Andre would lose his children; the couple had agreed to joint custody.

Jensen also said that the divorce had been relatively amicable with the exception of a few recent, angry emails.

"It's not surprising that he might feel some anger, justified or unjustified, just by the fact that he was not the party making this decision."

Nonetheless,  he said there was never enough apparent anger to raise concerns about the safety of the children.

*A memorial fund has been set up for the Leteve boys to help their mother with expenses related to their deaths. You can made donations at any Bank of American branch under the Alec and Asher Leteve Memorial Fund.

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