Industry man charged in wife's 1993 drowning

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A Industry man has been charged with homicide in the drowning death of his wife after a witness came forward nearly 20 years later.

Beaver County coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said the manner of death for 34-year-old Debbie Lang was undetermined when she drowned in 1993.

"Most recently, we have a person who was there who produced a statement that prompted us to look into the case more," she said.

The witness, Jamie Darlington, emerged this year and told authorities he saw 54-year-old Jon Lang the man hold the woman under water with a long-handled pool skimmer. Mr. Darlington was an overnight guest and 16 years old at the time.

Ms. Tatalovich-Rossi said her office used a coroner's inquest that will prompt a jury to decide whether the act was criminal or should have been ruled as accidental.

She referred questions about the case to Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh, whose office was closed for the Veterans Day holiday.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. The Associated Press contributed.


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