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Greencastle grad fatally shot in Va.

July 12, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, PA.

waynesboro@herald-mail

A 38-year-old Loudoun County, Va., woman who was murdered in her home last week was active in sports when she attended Greencastle-Antrim High School, the school principal said Monday.

Karen M. Etter Ludwig was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday in an upstairs bedroom of her home in the 42800 block of Hollywood Park Place in Ashburn, Va., according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Her husband, John W. Ludwig, 51, a 17-year veteran with the U.S. Marshals Detective Service, has been charged with first-degree murder.

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He was arraigned in Leesburg, Va., and ordered held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, Kraig Troxell, a sheriff's department spokesman, said Monday.

The couple would have been married three years in October, the victim's mother, Sandra L. Etter of State Line, Pa., said Monday.

Karen Ludwig graduated from Greencastle-Antrim High School in 1984. She played volleyball and field hockey, Principal Jack Appleby said.

Her mother said Ludwig also was active in the school band.

She hoped to become a computer programmer, according to her high school yearbook.

Karen Ludwig earned an associate's degree in computer science from Hagerstown Junior College. She worked as a district manager for Toll House Brothers Loan Business.

She is survived by her daughter, Brandy N. Snider of Chambersburg, Pa.; a sister, Kathy A. Farrow of Houston; and her paternal grandmother, Geraldine Etter of State Line.

Investigators said the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.

John Ludwig provided investigators with a full account of what occurred in the home that led to his wife's death, police said.

The murder weapon, a revolver, is not believed to be his service weapon, police said.

Investigators found evidence of heavy drinking and multiple medications that appeared to have been consumed in large quantities, said James P. Fisher, Loudoun County's deputy commonwealth's attorney.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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