- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A man accused of strangling his wife and dumping her body in a wooded area in western Pennsylvania two years ago goes on trial Monday on a first-degree murder charge.

Twelve women and two female alternates were chosen as jurors last week in Westmoreland County to hear evidence in the trial of 43-year-old David Stahl of Hempfield.

Prosecutors allege that Stahl killed 37-year-old Derry Area schoolteacher Rebecca Stahl in February 2012 after they argued about his drinking, then kept her body in a shed for about two days before dumping it near the airport.

Defense attorneys say jurors should consider lesser charges such as third-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors earlier won a ruling allowing them to introduce evidence of violent encounters involving the couple dating back almost a decade.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide