Groves trial delayed; ex-wife speaks to police

By LANA MUTHLER

lmuthler@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — The trial of Loyd W. Groves, 69, who is accused of murdering Katherine Dolan Heckel in 1991, has been delayed due to key information his ex-wife released to police last week.

Jury selection was set to start today and the trial was supposed to start Monday, June 25.

“The ex-wife of the defendant for the first time talked to police on Friday of last week. Her information has some importance to the case. The defense got the information just this morning and needs time to investigate. I have granted a continuance in the case,” Lycoming County Senior Judge Kenneth Brown said.

Groves’ ex-wife, also named Katherine, told police during the grand jury investigation that she and Loyd had only two or three conversations about Heckel’s disappearance during the whole course of their marriage.

For more on this developing story, read tomorrow’s print edition of The Express.

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