LEBANON, Pa. - Already facing trial in the death of his second wife, a retired pastor has been charged with killing his first wife, prosecutors announced Friday.
Arthur Burton "A.B." Schirmer had been unfaithful to his first wife, Jewel Schirmer, throughout their 31-year marriage, a grand jury report said. Court documents said the couple had financial difficulties.
Jewel Schirmer, 50, died at Hershey Medical Center of a traumatic brain injury from a supposed fall. Police and prosecutors reopened the probe after her husband came under investigation in the 2008 death of his second wife, Betty, in the Pocono Mountains. Prosecutors in that case say Schirmer killed his second wife, then staged a car accident to cover it up. He faces trial in January.
Schirmer's attorney said his client denies involvement in either woman's death. - AP