EXCLUSIVE: Alleged junkyard shooter of four is son of murdered SLO woman
March 20, 2008
Lee Isaac Bedwell Leeds, arrested this week for the shooting deaths of four people at a junk yard in Santa Maria, is the 31-year old son of Sharon Ostman, a homeless woman murdered in downtown San Luis Obispo.
Ostman’s half-naked body was found partially submerged in San Luis Obispo Creek July 11, 2005. She had been beaten, sexually assaulted, and murdered. She was 59.
Leeds reportedly shot and killed four men, including his father, Robert Leeds, at 4 p.m. at his father’s Black Road Auto junkyard in Santa Maria on the same day a judge was deciding if freddie Lewis should be tried for the murder of the younger Leeds’ mother.
On Wednesday, Judge Michael Duffy found there was enough evidence to move forward with the case against Lewis.
When Robert Leeds was interviewed in 2005 by a reporter now with UncoveredSLO.com regarding the Ostman murder, he lamented over the effect Ostman’s murder would have on their four children. He also claimed Ostman and two of their children suffered from schizophrenia.
Then an instructor at Hancock College, the elder Leeds expressed frustration at not being able to compel the mentally ill to undergo treatment if they have not been found to be a danger to themselves or others.