Prosecutor in Amish man’s murder trial seeks state’s help

Samuel Borntreger
In this undated photo made available by the Barren County Sheriff's Office, shows Samuel Borntreger. According to a release from the sheriff's office, Borntreger confessed to killing his wife nine years ago when the couple was living in Missouri. He is currently living in Kentucky. (Barren County Sheriff's Office via AP)

BETHANY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Attorney General’s office is helping with the prosecution of an Amish minister from Kentucky charged in his wife’s 2006 death in Missouri.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports ( ) the Harrison County prosecutor sought the state’s help in the case against Samuel Borntreger. A state investigator is re-examining the evidence, which might require a second exhumation of Borntreger’s wife’s body and a second autopsy.

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Borntreger, of Summer Shade, Kentucky, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Anna Yoder Borntreger in late 2006 in Missouri. Court records indicate Borntreger went to Kentucky authorities in January and confessed to killing his wife with antifreeze and battery acid. No foul play was suspected when the woman died.

Borntreger waived his formal arraignment on Tuesday in Harrison County.


Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri,


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