Oxford murder suspect appears in court

(AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Brian A. Pounds, Pool)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Oxford man accused of killing his wife and seriously injuring her mother in a shooting last week remains on suicide watch tonight.

Scott Gellatly is being held on a $2 million dollar bond. On Tuesday, he appeared in Milford Superior Court for a hearing.

Other than for a few seconds, Gellatly looked straight ahead, with no expression. It was a quick appearance, but enough to provoke a lot of emotion from family and friends of both Scott and Lori, the wife he’s accused of killing.

As 46 year-old Scott Gellatly faces a judge for a hearing, family and friends prepare to say goodbye to his 32-year-old wife. Her obituary today read, “Her greatest joy was being a devoted mother to her children.”

“We did not see this at all. We are still stunned and shocked,” said Christine Lindeberg, who grew up with Scott but became friends with Lori.

“Lori, what a great woman. Phenomenal woman, and we are all shocked by this,” she said. “Scott is the kind of person who would help us. When you need something, he would help you.”

Lindeberg says this past week has been devastating as they mourn their loss of Lori and come to court to support Scott.

“I think things went as expected,” said state’s attorney Kevin Lawlor. “There’s not much to the first appearance other than to make sure the bond is appropriate and that he meets his public defender and we’ll put it over for the next hearing and then decide if he has to have a probable cause hearing or not.”

As Scott was taken away, there was a “We love you Scott,” from a supporter.

“We love Scott, we support Scott as family, but he will face what he has to face,” Lindeberg said.

Scott is also accused of shooting his mother-in-law, Merry Jackson, who’s still recovering.

“We are praying for Merry,” Lindeberg said. “We are praying for the Jackson family, but especially we’re praying for the children in all of this.”

Besides the one-and-a-half-year-old twin boy and girl with Lori, Scott also has two boys in elementary school.

On Tuesday, Lawlor requested a protective order for the children.

To get through Mother’s Day, Lindeberg said “the family just held them close.”

Gellatly will be in court again on June 3. There’s also a probable cause hearing scheduled for June 27.

Lori Gellatly’s calling hours will be Thursday night and her funeral on Friday.

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