Police say York County man kills pregnant wife with sword; waits for officers to arrive

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, YORK CO Pa. — The York County Coroner has released the name of the Jackson Township woman who was killed at her home Friday afternoon.

Diana Ziegler, 25, was allegedly killed by her husband, John Ziegler, III. Police say around 4:15 p.m., Ziegler called 911 and reported that he had struck his wife with a sword, killing her.  Ziegler told dispatchers he was waiting for officers with his two-year old son.  The toddler was not hurt and is being cared for by York County Children, Youth, and Families.

1157 Ledge Drive, Jackson Township

1157 Ledge Drive, Jackson Township

Police say Ziegler surrendered peacefully.  They found the body of Diana Ziegler on the rear deck of the home.  She was deceased and had suffered multiple fatal injuries.  A Scimitar style sword was recovered near her body. Mrs. Ziegler was pregnant and her unborn child also was deceased.

Her cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy, which has been scheduled for Monday morning.

John Ziegler, III is currently behind bars at York County Prison. He is facing the following charges:

  • Criminal Homicide
  • Criminal Homicide of an Unborn Child