DA: Officials to investigate whether proper police protocol was followed in Palmer Township homicide

Edgar Himel (left) is accused of killing his wife, Penny VanTassel-Himel, in their Palmer Township, Northampton County home

Authorities say a Northampton County man shot his wife, heard her moaning, then shot her again.

Edgar Himel, 80, was in court for his preliminary hearing Monday. He's charged with first-degree murder in his wife's slaying in their Palmer Township home in July.

Himel was ushered into the courtroom in a wheelchair and watched as witnesses were questioned.

Officers with the Palmer Township Police Department and criminal investigation unit along with the Northampton County coroner took the stand.

Officers recounted the events of July 7, when they responded to a welfare check at Himel's home on Old Orchard Road.

Witnesses testified that Penny VanTassel-Himel, 66, was found dead on her bedroom floor with two gunshot wounds to her head.

Criminal investigators testified Monday that Edgar Himel said he and his wife got in an argument on the night of July 4, and Edgar withdrew a revolver and shot his wife once beside her bed.

He told investigators he thought he shot her in the chest, but heard her moaning, so he shot her again.

Himel then fled and was on the run for almost a week before authorities found him in Colorado.

Himel's attorney cross-examined each witness.

The judge ruled the case can move on to trial.