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December 11, 2013

Pre-sentence report ordered for Archer

Murder suspect will return to court Feb. 4

TERRE HAUTE — A pre-sentence report has been ordered for a man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in an Ohio ditch.

Lorenzo Archer Jr., 49, will return to Vigo Superior Court 5 on Feb. 4 for a hearing. While a plea agreement was not mentioned in court on Tuesday, the preparation of a pre-sentence report can be ordered by a judge as part of the plea deal process.

Archer was arrested in June and charged with felony murder and altering the scene of a death in the homicide of Kayla Herchelroath Archer. The couple had resided in the 300 block of Kent Avenue in a rented house.

He is a native of Harrisburg, Pa., and police believe that some time after his wife was killed in Terre Haute on May 31, he fled to Pennsylvania in a vehicle that contained her body. Kayla Archer’s body was found June 7 wrapped in a tarp, lying in a ditch in Greene County, Ohio. Her remains were identified June 10 when her fingerprints were run through the Automated Fingerprint Information System. Lorenzo Archer was located and arrested in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The autopsy conducted June 10 by the Montgomery County (Ohio) Coroner’s office stated that Kayla Archer’s cause of death was asphyxiation. The medical examiner determined that she had been dead for about three or four days when her body was found.

Archer has a trial date of Sept. 10, 2014.

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