UPDATE: 7:55 PM – The jury has found James Bidwell guilty on the charge of first-degree homicide.
STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Jury deliberations are expected Tuesday in a homicide trial in Monroe County.
In August of 2016, James Bidwell was charged with killing Kristen Wagner, five years after she was found dead in a scrap yard Bidwell owned on Crowe Road in Stroud Township.
A supervisor found the 27-year-old hanging from an electrical wire and called 911.
Wagner’s death was ruled a suicide by hanging, although, according to a grand jury’s findings, the death looked suspicious.
According to court documents, three years after the death, Bidwell’s associate made a chilling call to authorities claiming Bidwell admitted to choking Wagner out and staging the murder as a suicide.
Tuesday morning closing arguments were underway and the jury is expected to start deliberating in the afternoon.