Wife refuses to testify in Pa. trooper abuse case

BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) — A district judge had dismissed charges against a western Pennsylvania state trooper who allegedly pushed his wife down the stairs and threatened to kill her during an argument because the woman refused to testify at his preliminary hearing.

The employment status of 39-year-old Trooper Paul Mauser wasn’t immediately clear after Monday’s preliminary hearing. He was placed on unpaid leave after he was charged in February with aggravated assault and other charges for allegedly causing his wife to break her ankle during the argument.

Mauser, who was stationed in Belle Vernon, has been a trooper for 13 years.

His defense attorney, Jason Walsh, did not immediately return a call for comment Monday, nor did Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck, whose office was prosecuting the case.

A state police spokeswoman didn’t immediately comment on Mauser’s employment status.

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