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Wife to Testify Against Husband in Murder Case

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A wife has agreed to testify against her husband in the murder of her father-in-law.

Its part of a plea agreement, prosecutors in Athens County made with Rhonda Degarmore, 37, of Glouster.

Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says that on Tuesday, Degarmore pleaded guilty to stealing and then using a credit card belonging to Paul E. Roberts. She also pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in his death.

Degarmore’s husband, Paul J. Roberts, 41, of Glouster, is charged with the murder of his father, Paul E. Roberts, 63.

The elder Roberts' body was found buried in a well under at his home on Locust Street in Glouster back in October.

Blackburn says evidence points to Paul J. killing his father in his sleep. A preliminary autopsy ruled that Paul E. died from blunt force trauma. His son told a media outlet that he killed him with a pipe, but told police he used a hammer.

Paul J. is charged with aggravated murder, murder, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case, grand theft of a vehicle, theft, theft of an elderly person or disabled adult, and vandalism.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A pre-trial hearing is set for next week.

Following her plea, Degarmore was sentenced to four years and eleven months in prison. She also agreed to testify against her husband, Paul J. Roberts, in connection to the murder of her father-in-law.

Prosecutors say that Degarmore does not face any additional charges, unless forensic evidence ties her to the death, or the concealment of the body.

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