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All-female jury to hear Derry Area teacher slaying case


GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) (AP)ong> - An all-female jury has been chosen to hear evidence in the first-degree murder trial of a man accused of having strangled his wife and dumped her body in a wooded area in western Pennsylvania two years ago.

Testimony is scheduled to begin next week in the Westmoreland County 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 attorney Donna McClelland said Monday that she will rely on prosecution witnesses to argue that jurors should consider only lesser charges such as third-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter.


June 5, 2014 -- Dead woman's family sues bars where husband drank

April 23, 2014 -- Greensburg slaying defense to focus on 'state of mind'

March 29, 2012 -- Slain Hempfield teacher's husband's audio confession played in court

March 11, 2012 -- Family, friends hold memorial service for murdered Derry Middle School teacher

March 6, 2012 -- Hempfield Township man accused of killing wife appears in court

February 29, 2012 -- Funeral services today for slain Hempfield Township teacher

February 28. 2012 -- Police: Burned license, trace blood samples lead to arrest of slain teacher's husband

February 24, 2012 -- Police confirm body found in Latrobe that of missing Hempfield teacher