NORTH YARMOUTH — A relative of one of two owners of a well-known business was shot to death Sunday afternoon during a confrontation at the business.

Leon Kelley was shot by the husband of the other co-owner of the business, and the shooter was questioned by police and released, according to a news release by Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police.

Kelley, 63, of Georgetown, was the son-in-law of the co-owner of the business, Stan Brown of Brown’s Bee Farm on the Greely Road, McCausland’s release stated.

Kelley died en route to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was being taken by ambulance.

Detectives said he was shot by Merrill Kimball, 70, of Yarmouth, who is the husband of business co-owner Karen Thurlow Kimball, McCausland said.

Detectives said Kelley and Kimball got into a confrontation at the business, which sits behind Brown’s house.


Kimball was detained by troopers, interviewed and released, McCausland’s release stated.

Detectives on Sunday evening were attempting to determine exactly what happened.

McCausland said the investigation will include interviews, ballistics tests on the gun and examination of evidence from the scene

An autopsy on Kelley’s body is expected to take place Monday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.

The shooting was reported about 3:15 p.m.

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