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Police: accused killer admitted to strangling woman, lighting her on fire

Police: accused killer admitted to strangling woman, lighting her on fire

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man accused of strangling a woman then lighting her on fire is heading to trial.

Anthony Heath, 24, is charged with killing 35-year-old Angela Steigerwalt of Tamaqua last month.

During Tuesday's preliminary hearing an officer testified fire crews initially raked over Steigerwalt's body because they thought it was burnt debris.

This is just one of the many disturbing details described in court.

On the stand Pennsylvania State Police Troopers testified her charred torso was found Saturday February 1st off a wooded road in Jim Thorpe, Carbon County.

A state trooper detailed how a wire was found still attached to her throat.

Another trooper testified that during a three and half hour car ride interview from North Carolina to Allentown, Heath admitted to killing the Tamaqua woman.

Heath reportedly told police he and Steigerwalt, who is married and has one step child, met about a year ago and had been having a sexual relationship.

The trooper testified Heath told him he used electrical cord connecting his TV to his surround sound to strangle the woman inside his Chew Street, Allentown apartment.

The trooper also said Heath told him he snapped when Steigerwalt wouldn't take him to a child custody hearing and lend her support.

The trooper went on to say Heath confirmed he bought a lighter and lighter fluid at a Lower Macungie Township Wal-Mart just hours after the murder.

Heath then allegedly admitted to stealing her car, driving to Jim Thorpe and lighting her dead body on fire, before heading to North Carolina to visit his brother.

But he never made it; Steigerwalts car was flagged and Heath was stopped and arrested.

Wal-Mart receipts found in a bag at the scene led police to Heath.

Neither the prosecution nor defense wanted to comment.

Heath is due back in court late next month.

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