Murderer - Arlington Cemetery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The military is having second thoughts about Arlington National Cemetery as the final resting place for an Army veteran who turns out to have been a convicted murderer.

The cremated remains of a 52-year-old Russell Wagner were placed at famed Virginia cemetery last month at the request of his sister. That's even though at the time of his death, Wagner was in prison for killing an elderly Maryland couple eleven years ago.

Their son found the Arlington honors disturbing. A Hagerstown newspaper, the Herald-Mail, picked up the story and brought it to the attention of cemetery officials. An Arlington spokeswoman agrees a murder conviction would normally rule out burial there. She says the Army's top lawyer will review the case after the military confirms Wagner's conviction.

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