Man accused of slaying wife
Larry Ray Lowe Sr., 62, of Corydon was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder Monday afternoon after he allegedly shot and killed his 46-year-old wife at the couple’s home near Crandall.
According to the Indiana State Police, a 911 call was made at about 2 for a welfare check due to a disturbance at a home in the 1400 block of S.R. 335.
‘He had tried to contact us several times and said it was very important and told us to call him back but, when we did, he wouldn’t answer the phone,’ Angela Lawson, Lowe’s daughter, said yesterday. ‘So, me and my brothers met and came out.’
When the family arrived, Lawson said, Lowe had a gun in his hand. Lowe’s son, Larry Lowe Jr., talked the gun away from his father.
Lawson, noticing that she hadn’t seen her stepmother, the former Catherine Hayes, despite her car being at the residence, said she went inside her parents’ house to search for her stepmother. That’s when she located Catherine Lowe’s body in the basement.
When officers from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department arrived, they contacted detectives with the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg to handle the death investigation.
Lawson said her father has suffered from dementia for the past couple of years. She said her parents had not had any domestic problems that she knew of and had talked with them Saturday and they seemed fine. Lawson said her uncle was at the home Monday morning and said he didn’t notice any problems either.
‘I have mixed emotions. He’s my dad, and she was my second mother. We were very close,’ Lawson said. ‘They were very close. She loved him. He loved her. There were never domestic disputes at all. The police never had to come out for domestic stuff. He had delusions, but we all dealt with it the best we could. We love our dad, and we’re standing behind him despite what happened.’
‘We love our dad. I understand what he did was wrong, but we’re not turning our backs on him,’ William Lowe, Lowe Sr.’s son, said. ‘I’ll fight for him to hell and back. This is a sad deal. I’m sorry that it happened. Everyone around where he lived knew of his paranoia. No one did nothing about it. Sadly, (Catherine) had to pay that price and now he has to pay that price. I’m not sure he even knows what happened.’
Lowe Sr. is under a 72-hour hold while the ISP continues its investigation. He’s incarcerated in the Harrison County Jail awaiting his first court appearance. Lawson said she hopes the jailers understand that her father requires medication for his mental condition, as well as oxygen.
‘His well-being is our concern, now’ William Lowe said.
Catherine Lowe was an employee at Indian Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corydon.
“This is a sad and tragic situation,” Bonnie Fallin, executive director at Indian Creek, said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. C.J. will be missed by our employees and residents.”
Fallin said that Catherine Lowe was in a special leadership development program for certified nursing assistants, called a CNA Career Ladder. Participants, who have to be recommended by their supervisor, are selected based on their leadership potential and customer service skills, she said. Catherine Lowe was slated to complete the program next Thursday.
Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon is handling Lowe’s funeral arrangements.
The last recorded murder to occur in Harrison County was in 2005, when Dual (Wayne) Hinton, 67, allegedly fired a .380 semi-automatic handgun at his wife, Shelby Hinton, 64, before taking his own life. The couple lived in the 3600 block of Gravel Creek Road south of Crandall.