STROUDSBURG -- Convicted murderer and former pastor Arthur Schirmer has been denied his appeal to get a new trial.
Schirmer was convicted in 2013 of killing his second wife Betty in July 2008. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Schirmer filed an appeal for a new trial, citing ineffective counsel and prosecutorial misconduct, among other claims.
Monroe County President Judge Margherita Patti Worthington denied Schirmer's petition.
Arthur Schirmer had served as a pastor at Reeders United Methodist Church in the Poconos.
Schirmer was also sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for killing his first wife Jewel back in 1999.