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Jan 12, 1:18 PM EST

Man seeks dismissal of charges in wife's Lake Erie death


ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- A man accused of shooting his wife and tossing her into Lake Erie and then reporting she'd accidentally fallen overboard from his commercial fishing boat is seeking dismissal of the charges against him.

The Erie Times-News reports that 48-year-old Christopher LeClair argues that the Erie County charges should be dismissed because it's unclear the homicide occurred in Pennsylvania.

Defense attorney Bruce Sandmeyer also argues that any Pennsylvania case should be moved due to heavy news coverage.

Prosecutors say Leclair reported 51-year-old Karen Leclair missing June 11 but dock surveillance images showed the two leaving and him returning alone, and she was later found shot with an anchor attached to her body.

Leclair is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse, evidence tampering and false reports.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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