Elderly Castor Gardens man to be tried for wife’s murder

Louis Hartdegen, 75, will go to trial for the May 7 murder of his wife Judith, 74.

Judith Hartdegen died in the couple’s home on the 6700-block of Castor Avenue in what was first thought to be a home invasion. Her husband, who suffered injuries, blamed a neighbor for the deadly attack.

According to reports, Louis Hartdegen later admitted to hitting and choking his wife and then staging a sexual assault before blaming the neighbor. He faces trial for the murder charges and lying to police.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.