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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cops: Husband, 75, implicated neighbor, set up crime scene after killing wife

Philadelphia police say a 75-year-old man beat, suffocated and strangled his wife, then set up a crime scene and falsely accused a neighbor in an attempt to cover his tracks.

Philadelphia police Capt. James Clark said this morning that Lou Hartdegen has been charged in the slaying of his wife, 74-year-old Judith. The murder was initially thought to be a brutal home invasion at their apartment on the 6700 block of Castor Avenue in Northeast.

Clark said today that "there were discrepancies" between Hartdegen's statements to police and the crime scene.

Hartdegen also named one of his neighbors as a suspect to investigators. That 26-year-old man was questioned by police for several hours Monday, then released.  Full Article

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