Lewistown man charged with first-degree murder

Police suspect woman was killed during domestic dispute

LEWISTOWN — A Lewistown man was arrested and charged Sunday with first-degree murder and two other charges stemming from what police believe was the result of a domestic dispute, according to police.

According to Lewistown Police Department, 37-year-old Rolando Baez-Rolon, of Lewistown, had called 911 at approximately 2:38 a.m. Sunday and reported information regarding his wife and a large amount of blood.

Police said when officers arrived to the residence at 32 Ridge Road, 40-year-old Betsy Torres was found to be “obviously deceased.”

According to a police report, Baez-Rolon gave investigating officers several accounts of what had happened prior to his contacting 911.

After interviewing other witnesses in the area, police said they believe Baez-Rolon shot his wife during a domestic dispute.

Baez-Rolon was denied bail at a preliminary arraignment held Sunday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Kent Smith. Bail for murder suspects cannot lawfully be granted by a magisterial district judge.

In addition to first-degree murder, Baez-Rolon is charged with voluntary manslaughter and tampering with/fabricating evidence.

A preliminary hearing for Baez-Rolon is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Mifflin County Central Court.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Lewistown Police Department at (717) 248-9607.

LPD was assisted on scene by the Granville Township Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Granville Township Fire Police and Fame EMS.


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