Trial Underway for Retired Pastor Accused of Killing His Wives

Arthur "A.B." Schirmer is charged with killing Betty Jean Schirmer in 2008 and staging a car accident to cover it up. Schirmer also stands accused of killing his first wife in 1999.

Monday, Jan 7, 2013  |  Updated 10:31 AM EDT
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Trial Underway for Pastor Accused of Killing His Wives

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A retired Pennsylvania pastor charged with killing both of his wives goes on trial Monday in the death of his second wife.

Sixty-four-year-old Arthur "A.B." Schirmer is charged with killing Betty Jean Schirmer in 2008 and staging a car accident to cover it up. Jury selection is expected to take a day, with opening statements Tuesday at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg.
 
Schirmer also stands accused of killing his first wife, Jewel, in 1999. A trial date hasn't been set.
 
A grand jury has said Schirmer likely used blunt objects to kill the women.
 
The retired clergyman denies hurting either of his wives.

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