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Kenneth Dion Lever, fugitive wanted in Ala. triple murder, kills self in Fla.: cops

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. -- A man wanted in the fatal shooting of his ex-wife and two other people near Birmingham, Alabama, has killed himself in the Florida Panhandle. 

Sheriff's spokeswoman Deb Henley in Escambia County, Florida, says 52-year-old Kenneth Dion Lever killed himself Wednesday afternoon after deputies spotted him in a parking lot.

She says Lever got out of a car and took his own life, but it wasn't immediately clear how. CBS affiliate WIAT reports that Lever shot himself.

Authorities had been searching for Lever since three people were shot to death Wednesday morning at a mobile home park in the Birmingham suburb of Gardendale.

Police Chief Mike Walker identified the dead as 50-year-old Dana Reeves Lever, Kenneth Lever's ex-wife; her sister, Bonnie Reeves Foshee, 65, and Bonnie Foshee's husband, 69-year-old Don Austin Foshee. 

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A judge issued an order in December telling Lever to stay away from Dana Lever and their daughter, a juvenile, after Dana Lever claimed he was stalking and harassing them, court records show. 

Separately, Lever had been scheduled to go on trial on sexual-abuse charges on Sept. 11 in York County, Pennsylvania, court records show. 

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