Former Lebanon woman killed in Nashville

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She was the victim in a murder-suicide

By Stephen Lega

The Nashville Police are investigating a murder-suicide in which a former Lebanon resident and her boyfriend died days apart in a South Nashville apartment.
Beth Straub, 45, and Jesse Meece, 45, were found dead Nov. 5 at 928 Ilawood Drive in Nashville after Meece’s mother contacted the police about conducting a welfare check, according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
When Meece’s mother learned that he hadn’t been to work since Oct. 30, she contacted the police.
Straub is a former Lebanon resident and previously worked at the Lebanon Wal-mart.
The police found all entrances to the apartment were locked. When the landlord let the police into the apartment, they found Meece dead on the couch from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police later found evidence that a makeshift wall had been constructed recently in the basement. Inside the wall, the officers found a 96-gallon trash can that was supported by two pieces of wood resting on two wooden sawhorses. A PVC pipe was attached to the trashcan and to the apartment’s sewer line.
A Plexiglass window surrounded by foam sealant was inside the can. The police had also found an Oct. 27 receipt for the sealant and 100 pounds of livestock deodorizer in the apartment.
The trashcan was taken to the Nashville Medical Examiner’s Office. A woman’s body, presumed to be Straub, was found in the can, according to the Nashville police.
Police believe Straub had been dead since Oct. 27.
On Oct. 29, Straub’s employer contacted the police after she failed to report to work for two consecutive days. She had last worked on Oct. 23, although she had been scheduled for a partial shift on Oct. 24.
When officers went to the apartment on Oct. 29, Meece told them that they had an argument the previous weekend. He said Straub had left and had not yet returned, according to the Nashville police.
Meece did allow the police to look inside the apartment, but they found no signs of Straub at that time.
Neither Meece nor Straub had any arrest history in Nashville prior to this incident, and the department’s Domestic Violence Division had not received any reports of trouble between them.
Straub’s ex-husband, Duward Straub, still lives in Marion County. He said Straub was a hard-working woman with a good sense of humor.
“She loved people very much,” Duward Straub said.
He recalled that horses brought her to the Bluegrass State.
“She was interested in buying a horse from Kentucky, and then fell in love with the state,” Duward Straub said.
Beth Straub continued to train horses after moving here, according to Duward Straub. They even bought a horse together and bred it with another horse that Beth Straub already owned.
He said she moved to Nashville about a year to a year and a half ago, and he did not know Meece. He did know that if there was any chance for her to fight, then he’s sure she did.
“No one should ever end up like that,” Duward Straub said. “It was absolutely shocking.”