Prosecutors to lay out evidence against Pennsylvania pastor charged in wife’s 2008 deathBy AP
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Pa. pastor charged in wife’s ‘08 death faces court
TANNERSVILLE, Pa. — A retired Pennsylvania pastor accused of killing his wife and staging a car accident to cover it up is scheduled to be in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
Prosecutors will ask a judge to order 62-year-old Arthur Burton “A.B.” Schirmer to stand trial. Schirmer was charged earlier this month with homicide and evidence-tampering in the death of his 56-year-old wife, Betty.
Betty Schirmer’s death was initially ruled an accident, but police reopened the investigation after the November 2008 suicide of a man whose wife was having an affair with A.B. Schirmer.
Police are also re-examining the 1999 death of Schirmer’s first wife, Jewel, who was reported to have died in a fall down a flight of stairs.
Schirmer denies harming either of his wives.
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