Two charged in death of Penn State professor

Two people have been charged in the death of a Penn State professor who police say was pushed off a cliff at a quarry and fell 80 feet.

Danelle Geier, 32 of Lemont, was arraigned Saturday on charges of first- and third-degree murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault and evidence-tampering, reports The Centre Daily Times.

She joins thirty-nine-year-old George Ishler Jr., of Pennsylvania Furnace, who was charged Friday with first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence and is being held without bail

Authorities say the two plotted to kill 56-year-old Ronald Bettig, an associate professor of media studies, because they believed they would gain financially from a will Bettig recently signed.  Ishler allegedly drove Bettig “to the quarry under a ruse” and pushed him off the quarry’s ledge. His remains were found Thursday.

Bettig joined the College of Communications in 1988 and was an associate professor of media studies, according to the university’s website.



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