WAYNE COUNTY- On Wednesday, February 6, Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards and the Pennsylvania State Police announced the charging and arrest of Robert Jufer, age 71, for the murder of his wife, June Jufer. The homicide occurred over two years before.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on October 17, 2010 at 9:40 a.m. a call was received by Pennsylvania State Police, Honesdale Barracks, from a Robert Jufer who stated that he had just returned home from the store and was attacked in his house, rendered unconscious and that when he regained consciousness he went to his neighbor’s home.
Responding Troopers discovered the body of June Jufer, deceased, in her bed.
An autopsy of June Jufer was performed on October 18, 2010 and cause of death was a shotgun wound to the head and manner of death was ruled homicide. A shotgun was located on the floor near the victim. Her body was discovered by troopers in her bed.
Subsequent interviews were conducted with Robert Jufer in which he gave conflicting reports of the attack. Additionally, his lack of injury to his neck coupled with physical evidence at the scene did not match the events as he reported them. Jufer went so far as to say he used the murder weapon earlier that morning to "look for a muskrat" near the residence and returned to the home where he placed it on the kitchen table before going to Wal-Mart.
He admitted that he did not look for his wife or arm himself with a weapon before fleeing the residence after the alleged attack.
A search of the Jufer residence revealed 108 rifles, shotguns and handguns in the home. The weapon located in June Jufer’s bedroom, which was the weapon that killed her, was owned by Robert Jufer.
Robert Jufer was charged with one count of Homicide by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers John Decker and Patrick Zirpoli. Jufer was located at his other home in Hastings on the Hudson, Westchester County, New York today and the arrest warrant was served by PSP and Hastings on the Hudson law enforcement.
Robert Jufer was taken into custody without incident by the Westchester County S.W.A.T. team. He was expected to appear Feb. 7 before a Westchester County City Court judge for an extradition hearing.
District Attorney Edwards stated that the PSP troopers involved in this lengthy investigation did an excellent job at reviewing all the evidence and testing results, conducting numerous interviews and ultimately effectuating the arrest of Robert Jufer.
DA Edwards said "This was a despicable crime committed against a helpless wife by a man who behaved as a survivalist keeping over 100 different weapons in his home in Pennsylvania. The evidence collected in the search warrant of the Jufer home, specifically the weapon that killed June Jufer being owned by Robert Jufer, and a piece of rope found in the kitchen which Robert Jufer claimed he was strangled by matching a spool of rope found in the Jufer basement, demonstrates a staged crime scene for a murder committed by Robert Jufer.
" I have reviewed this case for the 12 months I have been in office and believe the homicide charge filed against Robert Jufer to be appropriate. I would like to thank the Pennsylvania State Police for their diligence and law enforcement in Westchester County, New York for their assistance in today’s arrest without incident."