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Husband charged in rival's slaying
York County man fatally beaten after tryst, police say
Thursday, July 27, 2006
DILLSBURG - William "B.J." Burnham Jr. died in the small hours of June 25, in a flurry of blows from the man who caught his wife in bed with Burnham, police said.
Dustin S. Weigel, 22, of the 400 block of Geary Avenue, New Cumberland, was charged Tuesday with beating Burnham to death with a blunt object on June 25, apparently after finding his wife in Burnham's home at 142 Spring Road, Carroll Twp.
Weigel was arrested on U.S. Route 15 by Carroll Twp. Police at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. He was arraigned before District Judge Richard T. Thomas on charges of homicide, burglary, terroristic threats and simple assault. Weigel is being held in York County Prison without bail.
Burnham, 27, of Carroll Twp., was a father of two and recently started his own construction company.
Statements filed by police with their application for an arrest warrant said that on Monday, Weigel's wife, Diana Weigel, told them that she had sex with Burnham sometime after 11:15 p.m. June 24 in the bedroom of his home. The two then fell asleep.
Diana Weigel said a sound awoke her, and she saw a figure standing over the bed, police said. That figure was her husband, wearing dark clothing with a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over his head, she told police.
Burnham began fighting with Dustin Weigel, who was holding some sort of weapon, police said. Diana Weigel told police she tried to take the weapon away from her husband.
About that point, Burnham, who was on top of Dustin Weigel on the floor, said "let's talk about this," stood up and walked out of the bedroom toward the living room, she told police.
Diana Weigel said she fled into the bathroom and closed the door. From there, she told police, she heard "four noises that sounded like metal hitting something," then heard a "gargling or gurgling sound" from Burnham.
Dustin Weigel burst into the bathroom, hit his wife in the face and gave her a nosebleed, then told her to get out of the house, police said. She left in her car, wearing only her underwear and a shirt.
About 2:45 a.m., she tried calling Burnham from her cell phone but got no answer. She called Dustin Weigel to tell him that she had left her pants and purse at Burnham's. She pulled over on the side of the road and waited for her husband.
She told police they met in the parking lot of a church. When Dustin Weigel handed her belongings to her, he told her he had killed Burnham and would kill her, too, unless she went home. She told police that her husband had blood on his face.
Burnham was found dead on his living room floor just before 1 p.m. that day by his sister and another person.
Police found bloodstains on carpets, window moldings and walls, they said.
Andrew Kilgore was among a group of Burnham's family and friends who attended a news conference yesterday to hear Carroll Twp. Police Chief Jack Francis announce Dustin Weigel's arrest.
Kilgore said he was close friends with Burnham for about 20 years, and had known Dustin Weigel for six or eight years.
"B.J. was the best friend you could ask for," he said.
He said the Weigels' relationship has always been rocky, and he had no doubt about Dustin Weigel's involvement.
"We all knew who was responsible. It just took some time for them to build a case," he said.
Neighbor John Kamarer said the Weigels had moved to their New Cumberland address this summer.
"It is pretty surprising," Kamarer said yesterday. "He seemed like a nice guy. I would see him and his wife walking their two kids in the baby carriage and sitting out on the porch in the evenings. They were pretty quiet. You never heard any fighting or anything.
Francis said Dustin Weigel has a criminal history, but nothing violent on his record. Francis said the investigation involved many interviews, a lot of overtime and assistance from the county's forensics team and investigators from the county district attorney's office.
He would not comment on what weapon was used or whether other arrests are pending.
A preliminary hearing for Dustin Weigel is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at Thomas' Dillsburg office.
cliff notes: a married couple, guy finds his wife in bed with her lover at his house, husband kills lover, punches wife, and is now arrested.
what would you have done? i think he should of more than punched the girl... thats just IMO
Seriously though, the guy fucked up because he actually drove over to the other guys house to catch her cheating and then killed the guy in his own house, bad news. Now, if he would have came home and saw the other guy on top of his wife, he then could have had a legitimate reason of beating the **** out of him (thought he was raping his wife) and it could have been self defense instead of homicide.