Three people are dead – including an estranged husband and wife and one of their triplet 12-year-old daughters – in an apparent domestic dispute in Redland’s Stonegate subdivision, according to Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.
The couple’s two surviving 12-year-old triplets were transported to a Montgomery hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Franklin said Sunday morning that the injured girls were in stable condition and were alert and talking to grandparents. One of the two, he said, may need additional surgery.
Franklin said the sheriff’s office received a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday of gunshots. When deputies arrived they found the adult female, later identified as Charlene Ann Orsi, 44, lying dead in the front door of the home, which was fully engulfed in flames.
Later, Franklin said, her husband, Robert James Orsi, 50, was found dead from the fire or, Franklin said, “most likely from a self- inflicted gunshot wound.”
Charlene Orsi was a third-grade teacher at Redland Elementary School. Bob Orsi was retired from the U.S. Air Force.
Franklin said the couple’s oldest daughter, 13, was uninjured and escaped to a neighbor’s house and the two surviving triplets managed to get out of the house despite suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
Deputies were initially unable to locate the third triplet, but found her dead when they were able to search the rubble.
Franklin said apparently Charlene Orsi, listed as “Charley” on the website for Redland Elementary School, had filed for divorce from her husband.
Court records show that Charlene Orsi’s petition for divorce was filed by her attorney, Clyde Bailey, on June 28. In it, she sought sole custody of the couple’s four children, child support, alimony and an “equitable division” of the parties’ property.
On July 2,court records show, Robert Orsi’s attorney, Dana Delk, filed an answer to Charlene Orsi’s divorce petition, denying her contention the couple had “such a complete incompatibility of temperament” that they could “no longer live together as husband and wife.” Robert Orsi’s answer also denied that there had been “an irretrievable breakdown” of the Orsis’ marriage and that “further attempts at reconciliation (were) futile and/or impractical.”
The couple would have been married 24 years in August.
Franklin said Sunday morning that his office must now wait on the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
“We are certain that the wife died from her gunshot wounds,” Franklin said. “We feel pretty sure that the husband killed his daughter and then shot himself, but with the smoke and heat of a fire involved, we have to wait on Forensic Sciences to be certain.”