Pa. man waives hearing in ex-wife’s church slaying

COUDERSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A northern Pennsylvania man has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges that he murdered his ex-wife while she was serving as organist at a church service.

The Bradford Era ( ) reports that 53-year-old Gregory Eldred did not appear in court to waive the hearing Wednesday, but rather signed papers to that effect at the Potter County Jail.

Eldred has been jailed since state police say he fatally shot 53-year-old Darlene Sitler at the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport on Dec. 2. The church is about 140 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The hearing had been twice delayed so Eldred’s attorney could obtain a mental health evaluation of the suspect.

By waiving the hearing, Eldred acknowledges enough evidence exists for the case to be tried in Common Pleas Court.


Information from: The Bradford Era,

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