Northeast Times

Preliminary hearing delayed for elderly NE man accused of murdering his wife

Louis Hartde­gen, 75, of Castor Gar­dens, faces murder, in­de­cent as­sault and ab­use of a corpse charges. He also is charged with mak­ing a false re­port to au­thor­it­ies.A hear­ing sched­uled for today has been delayed un­til Aug. 6.

An eld­erly Castor Gar­dens man ac­cused of mur­der­ing his 74-year-old wife was sched­uled to be in court today for a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing, but the case was con­tin­ued un­til Aug. 6 at the re­quest of the de­fense at­tor­ney.

Louis Hartde­gen, 75, faces murder, in­de­cent as­sault and ab­use of a corpse charges. He also is charged with mak­ing a false re­port to au­thor­it­ies.

Po­lice said Hartde­gen had told them a neigh­bor broke in­to the second-floor apart­ment on the 6700 block of Castor Ave. that he shared with his wife, Ju­dith, and at­tacked both of them.

Hartde­gen met of­ficers an­swer­ing his 911 call shortly be­fore 3 a.m. on May 6, po­lice said, and told them his wife was in her bed­room. Of­ficers found the wife and she was pro­nounced dead at the scene. Po­lice said she had been beaten and suf­foc­ated.

Po­lice ques­tioned the neigh­bor Hartde­gen had ac­cused, but pieces of the eld­erly man’s story didn’t add up, Capt. James Clark, chief of the hom­icide unit, said May 7. Po­lice con­fron­ted Hartde­gen with what Clark called in­con­sist­en­cies in his story and he con­fessed. The neigh­bor, who was nev­er ar­res­ted, was re­leased.

Clark wouldn’t say why the man at­tacked his wife of 53 years.

Hartde­gen is be­ing held in the Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity on State Road. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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