Man ar­rested for wife’s 1983 mur­der

The Citizens' Voice - - Local / State -

A Penn­syl­va­nia man is be­ing ac­cused of fa­tally beat­ing his wife more than 30 years ago, then slash­ing her wrists to make it ap­pear she killed her­self.

The state at­tor­ney gen­eral Tues­day an­nounced a mur­der charge against 62-yearold Carl Rodgers. Rodgers’ at­tor­ney says his client will plead not guilty.

The body of 23-year-old De­bra Rodgers was found in April 1983 in woods near the cou­ple’s dairy farm in Loysville, about 30 miles from Har­ris­burg.

A coroner at the time ruled Rodgers’ death a homi­cide, but no ar­rest was made. Prose­cu­tors brought the case be­fore a grand jury last year af­ter re­view­ing cold case homi­cides with state po­lice.

Court doc­u­ments say Carl Rodgers told po­lice and fam­ily mem­bers in 1983 his wife was de­pressed and sui­ci­dal.

Rodgers was ar­rested Mon­day.

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