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Trial to Begin for Murder Suspect, 93

The long-delayed murder trial of a 93-year-old Fillmore man accused of strangling his wife is set to begin Monday, more than 16 months after his arrest.

Alfred Pohlmeier is charged with murder for allegedly strangling his wife, Lidwina, on Sept. 13, 1995. The couple had been married for 62 years.

Pohlmeier was later indicted by the Ventura County Grand Jury on murder charges after he allegedly told his doctor and investigators that he strangled the 86-year-old woman because her persistent cough kept him awake at night.

Although Pohlmeier’s trial was initially set to begin in February 1996, the case was delayed a year after the retired postal worker fell ill and the attorneys on the case encountered various scheduling conflicts.

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