Fmr. pastor faces charges in first wife's murder

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Published: Dec 10 2012 07:00:00 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 11 2012 06:54:39 PM EST

A former Monroe County pastor who's facing a trial in the death of his second wife now faces a trial in the death of his first wife.

Charges against Arthur Schirmer were held for court during a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Lebanon County.

Schirmer's accused of killing Jewel Schirmer there in 1999.

He says his wife fell down the steps of their home.

Police say their tests prove otherwise.

Police reopened the case after Schirmer was charged with killing his second wife, Betty Jean Schirmer, and staging a car crash to cover it up.