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Barletta seeks to remove killer interred in vets' cemetery

Written by The Associated Press | May 26, 2015 12:20 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- U.S. Representative Lou Barletta wants Congress to pass a bill that would require the exhumation and removal of a constituent's killer from a Pennsylvania military cemetery.

Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Republican whose districts includes all of Columbia and parts of Cumberland, Dauphin, Northumberland and Perry counties, says a federal law passed in 2013 authorized the Department of Veterans to disinter veterans who are found to have been convicted of murder.

But Murtaugh says it does not cover the constituent's killer, who died in prison in 1999, 30 years after the murder. Barletta's bill would retroactively apply the 2013 statute and provide for the removal of the man's remains from the veterans' cemetery at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Murtaugh says the woman's family has tried unsuccessfully to have his body removed.

The Republican unveiled the legislation at a news conference in Harrisburg.

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