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Slain woman had a protection-from-abuse order against accused killer, DA says

State troopers responded on Nov. 24 to a residence along Curtin Street in Osceola Mills, where they say Cody Bush shot and killed Victoria and Beth Schultz, and injured Jessica Schultz. Bush died later that day of a self-inflicted gunshot.
State troopers responded on Nov. 24 to a residence along Curtin Street in Osceola Mills, where they say Cody Bush shot and killed Victoria and Beth Schultz, and injured Jessica Schultz. Bush died later that day of a self-inflicted gunshot. Centre Daily Times, file

At the time of her death, Victoria Schultz had a protection-from-abuse order against the man who reportedly killed her.

Clearfield County District Attorney William Shaw Jr. confirmed to the CDT on Friday that Schultz, 21, had a PFA order against estranged boyfriend Cody Bush, 26.

A condition of the PFA was that Bush, of Osceola Mills, was to surrender all firearms, Shaw said.

Bush shot and killed Schultz and her mother, Beth Schultz, 47, both of Osceola Mills, on Nov. 24 at their home at 608 Curtin St., according to state police at Clearfield. Victoria Schultz’s sister, Jessica, 25, was also shot and taken to UPMC Altoona for treatment.

Bush fled the scene and was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Coal Run Road and state Route 53, police said.

Two days before the apparent double murder-suicide, state police were called to the Schultz home to investigate a harassment incident.

According to a report from state police, the unnamed suspect threatened to harm the victim and her family.

The incident involved Bush and Victoria Schultz, Shaw said.

Shaw said it’s his understanding that state police advised Victoria Schultz to get a PFA when they responded to the incident on Nov. 22 and that she got one later that day.

Bush was already facing previous charges, court documents show.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Victoria Schultz had spoken to Trooper Douglas Mihalko on Oct. 29 about Bush.

She told Mihalko that a friend of hers received Facebook messages from Bush claiming to have placed a GPS tracker on her vehicle, the affidavit said. Schultz and her friend located the GPS device on the underside of the vehicle.

“She noted she has been trying to end her relationship with Bush, but he is being very obsessive and is making the split very difficult,” Mihalko wrote in the affidavit.

Schultz reportedly said that she and Bush had been dating for about three and a half years.

She “noted she is in fear of what Bush might do once he knows the police are involved,” Mihalko wrote.

Bush admitted to placing the tracking device on Schultz’s car, according to the affidavit.

Bush was charged with misdemeanor stalking and summary harassment, according to court documents. His preliminary arraignment was held Nov. 1, and he was incarcerated in Clearfield County Jail on $25,000 monetary bail. He posted bail later that day and was released.

According to records obtained by the Associated Press, the conditions of his bail required that he have no contact with Victoria Schultz and remain free of criminal activity, including intimidating or retaliating against witnesses or victims.

Whenever there’s an allegation that bail has been violated, there has to be a bail revocation hearing scheduled before a judge at the courthouse, Shaw said, explaining why Bush wasn’t arrested on the spot on Nov. 22.

According to the report from state police, charges were filed in that incident — but those charges are not available through court records.

Sarah Rafacz: 814-231-4619, @SarahRafacz

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