Ex-Pennsylvania pastor pleads no-contest to killing first wife

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Updated: 6/30 6:04 pm

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania pastor who is serving a life sentence in the deadly bludgeoning of his second wife has entered a no-contest plea to charges that he killed his first wife 15 years ago.

Arthur "A.B." Schirmer pleaded no contest to third-degree murder on Monday in Lebanon County Court.

The 66-year-old ex-Methodist clergyman had long claimed he was out for a run when he returned home to find Jewel Schirmer's body in a pool of blood at the bottom of the basement steps. Authorities reopened the case after Schirmer was charged in Monroe County with using a crowbar to kill his second wife, Betty, in 2008. 

Schirmer was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving life without parole. He's facing a maximum of 40 years for Jewel Schirmer's death.

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