Pastor's murder trial continues in Pa.

2013-01-09T11:30:00Z Pastor's murder trial continues in Pa.The Associated Press The Associated Press
January 09, 2013 11:30 am  • 

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jurors are viewing crime-scene photos and video depicting blood stains on the garage floor of a parsonage where prosecutors say a former United Methodist pastor from northeastern Pennsylvania killed his second wife.

Arthur Schirmer is charged with homicide in the 2008 death of Betty Schirmer in the Poconos. He has pleaded innocent.

State police Trooper Thomas Slavin was on a forensics team that searched the parsonage in December of 2008. He took the stand Wednesday to walk jurors through blood evidence collected on the concrete floor of the one-car garage.

Schirmer says his wife died in a car accident. Authorities say he hit her on the head with a metal object, then loaded her into the car and staged the crash.

Schirmer is charged separately in the 1999 death of his first wife, Jewel.

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