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Man found guilty of murdering pregnant wife 30 years ago

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AKRON, Ohio-- A man was found guilty Tuesday of the 1985 murder of his wife.

A jury found Scott Purk, 53, guilty of murder and tampering with evidence.  Authorities said his wife, Margaret Purk, was 9-months pregnant when she was found dead in their apartment. At the time, her death was ruled a suicide. In 2009, new evidence was discovered; her body was exhumed, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators said Purk strangled his wife and made it look like she committed suicide.

He's serving a 28-year prison sentence for setting fire to his home and his neighbor's home in Stow in 2009 to collect insurance money. Police said his children were in the home at the time and were nearly killed. He was convicted of arson, insurance fraud and attempted murder.

While the home was on fire, Scott Purk randomly brought up his first wife's death to an officer on-scene. It's that officer who then decided to look into Margaret's case again.

He's scheduled to be sentenced for his wife's murder on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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