September 28, 2012 in Nation/World

Authorities: Retired Pa. pastor killed both wives

Michael Rubinkam Associated Press
 

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — Court documents say retired Pennsylvania pastor Arthur “A.B.” Schirmer was a serial philanderer, preying on women in his church who were having trouble in their own marriages.

Yet adultery might have been the least of his sins.

Charged two years ago in the death of his second wife in the Poconos, Schirmer now stands accused of killing his first wife, too, after a grand jury concluded her fatal injuries weren’t consistent with a fall down the stairs.

Lebanon County prosecutors announced Friday that Schirmer has been charged in the 1999 death of Jewel Schirmer, his wife of 31 years.

Schirmer’s attorney said his client denies involvement in either of his wives’ deaths. His children say they support him and believe he is innocent.

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