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Former Lebanon County pastor will stand trial for wife's death

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) -

Arthur Schirmer appeared before a district judge for a preliminary hearing, charged with killing his wife Jewel Schirmer back in 1999.  Judge Kim Wolfe indicated there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.  Schirmer's wife who died the day after the incident, suffered several injuries, but the coroner could not determine if death was an accident or a homicide.

A paramedic testified that Schirmer was not present when they providing assistance to his wife at the scene and he was not at the hospital while they were there.

The investigation was reopened last year after Schirmer was charged in the death of his second wife, Betty Jean.  Investigators determined he staged a car accident because her injuries were not consistent with a car accident.  The coroner determined she died of blunt force trauma.  Schirmer told police they crashed into a guard rail at 55 mph, but investigators estimated the speed at 25 mph. 

Lebanon County investigators testified in court on Tuesday that there were similarities in the injuries to both of Schirmer's wives. 

A tentative trial date has been set for March 4 in Lebanon County.  Arthur Schirmer will stand trial in January in Monroe County for the death of his second wife Betty Jean.

 

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