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Pennsylvania minister guilty in wife’s murder

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A former pastor awaiting trial in the 1999 death of his first wife was convicted Tuesday of fatally bludgeoning his second wife nine years later.

Arthur ‘‘A.B.’’ Schirmer, 64, was called the ‘‘sinister minister’’ by a prosecutor who said he clubbed Betty Schirmer on the head with a crowbar, then loaded her into their car and staged a low-speed accident in an effort to conceal the crime.

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