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80-Year-Old Man Charged With Gunning Down Wife Will Remain Jailed

Edgar Himel was arrested in Sterling, Colorado on July 13 and was recently returned to Pennsylvania

What to Know

  • A judge has ruled that Edgar Himel, an 80-year-old man facing murder and theft charges for the death of his wife, will remain in jail.
  • After a July 4th 911 call, she was found 3 days later, and authorities are investigating whether police responded appropriately to the call.
  • Himel was arrested in Sterling, Colorado on July 13 and was recently returned to Pennsylvania.

A judge has ruled that an 80-year-old man charged in the shooting death of his wife in their eastern Pennsylvania home will remain in jail.

The ruling came Friday during an arraignment hearing for Edgar Himel. He is facing murder and theft charges stemming from the death of 66-year-old Penny VanTassel-Himel.

Authorities have said a July 4 call from her cellphone reported an emergency at the Palmer Township home, but the two responding officers did not enter, despite seeing a man matching Hime's description in Van Tassel-Himel's room. Her body was found three days later, and authorities are investigating whether police responded appropriately to the 911 call.

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Himel was arrested in Sterling, Colorado on July 13 and was recently returned to Pennsylvania. He was not represented by an attorney during Friday's hearing

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