But Wagner says when he began looking into the crash amid suspicion that Schirmer may have had something to do with it, he discovered blood drops in the home Schirmer shared with Betty at the time of her death. Wagner says that Dr. Zoltan Rado, the director of Vehicle Systems and Safety Program Director at Penn State University, was hired by the police department to examine photographs of the car taken after the crash. According to the police's summary of Rado's findings, the car could not have been traveling more than 15 mph at the time of the crash and that Betty's injuries "were inconsistent" with the accident.
"There was no airbag deployment and it simply looked like a car that had driven off the road at a very low speed," Wagner said. "It didn't match the injuries to [Betty's head]."
"I know there are people out there who probably know him and feel like there is absolutely no way he would be capable of doing this," Wagner of Schirmer. "But they clearly don't know him.
"I think his [position as a pastor] certainly helped him in a sense, to use his position of power and authorities to manipulate vulnerable women," Wagner said.
"He hid behind the cloth, so to speak."
Schirmer is being held without bond at the Monroe County Correctional Center.