A man accused of fatally shooting his wife last month in a North Strabane home will stand trial on the charges, a judge ordered this week.
At a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Washington County, District Judge Ethan Ward held Scott Edmonds, 50, for court on charges of homicide and tampering with evidence.
Township police responded to a residence on Victoria Drive after a 911 call at 8:40 p.m. March 25. Officers saw Mr. Edmonds on the dining room floor holding his wife, Louise Weis-Edmonds, 49, who was bleeding severely, police wrote in a criminal complaint. She died at the scene.
Police said they found a gun registered to Mr. Edmonds in the pocket of a pool table in a different room of the house. The caliber of the spent casing found next to his wife's body was consistent with the gun, police said.
Mr. Edmonds' defense attorney Christopher Blackwell could not be immediately reached today, but media reports said he asked Judge Ward to dismiss both charges against his client, saying there is no evidence that Mr. Edmonds caused the wound to his wife.
In a separate case, Mr. Edmonds was charged with assaulting his wife about a month before her death. He is scheduled for a July hearing on those charges.
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