Man charged with 1981 murder of his wife waives preliminary hearing

Jim Melwert
May 22, 2019 - 4:44 pm
From left: William Korzon and Gloria Korzon

Jim Melwert/KYW Newsradio; Bucks County District Attorney's Office

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There are developments in the case of a man who was charged earlier this year with killing his wife in Warminster back in 1981.

William Korzon waived his preliminary hearing in return for early discovery, meaning prosecutors will turn over everything they have on Korzon immediately rather than waiting until after his formal arraignment.

Korzon's attorney Keith Williams says since the bar is so low for charges to survive a preliminary hearing, he felt it would be in his client's best interest to get a head start with that discovery. 

"We wouldn’t have learned much more than what was in the probable cause affidavit. I expect to learn a lot more from the grand jury testimony that I hope to have by tomorrow and other evidence that they say they will be providing me soon," Williams said. 

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Williams says this decision has nothing to do with his client's guilt or innocence, adding it is way too early to tell if this might end with a plea, as he says he hasn’t seen any testimony from the grand jury.

Korzon's wife, Gloria Korzon, was last seen leaving her job in Horsham on March 6, 1981. She was 37 went she went missing. 

Korzon claims she ran off to Florida and he never saw her again.

While prosecutors never found her body, they point to circumstantial evidence, including his testimony before a grand jury.

Korzon is also facing charges he forged checks and other documents to profit off her death.