Man charged in wife’s killing

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Mildred Arnold’s body discovered by her daughter Sunday

By Hannah Strong

A 58-year-old woman's body was found by her daughter Sunday morning at a South York Street home, bludgeoned to death with a hammer, and her husband has been charged with murder.
Mildred Burris Arnold has been identified as the victim, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
Matthew James Alman, 49, 213 S. York St., was charged with murder on Monday.
“There’s still a lot we don’t know because he’s not talking to us,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.
Lancaster police, SLED and Lancaster coroner’s office are investigating Arnold’s death.
Arnold was found having suffered “severe physical trauma,” according to a release from the Lancaster Police Department.
Alman had given false information to other family members about Arnold’s whereabouts for 24 hours, the release said.
While Alman was being booked on an unrelated controlled-substance offense, blood was found on his clothing, according to the release.
Police searched the scene at 213 S. York St. and found a pair of Alman’s boots, which also had blood on them.
A framing hammer was found at the home. “This hammer appears to have blood and hair attached to it and is believed to be the murder weapon,” the release says.
Alman’s bond has been denied and he is jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center.
An autopsy on Arnold was scheduled for Monday morning.
Alman is also awaiting trial for five separate charges – a drug charge, two larceny charges, two burglaries.
In June, Alman was charged with second-degree burglary for breaking into Christian Services thrift store and Bubbles and Blades dog grooming, both on Great Falls Highway.


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