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Police: Richard Weikel killed wife, Stephanie, self in Mahanoy City home on Christmas

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 26 2012 01:47:12 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 26 2012 01:49:02 PM CST
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MAHANOY CITY, Pa. -

A Schuylkill County couple was killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Christmas Day, police said.

Authorities said they believe Richard Weikel fatally shot his wife during an argument, then called an ex-wife to say he couldn't spend his life in prison.

The ex-wife, authorities said, alerted police, who were dispatched around 1:20 a.m. and arrived to find both Weikel, 37, and his 28-year-old wife Stephanie dead in the kitchen of their apartment in Mahanoy City.

Authorities said they found three weapons at the scene -- a handgun and two long rifles. They said they believe Weikel fatally shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself.