ERIE, Pa. — The father of a Pennsylvania man accused of shooting his wife and tossing her into Lake Erie has been ordered to stand trial after police say his son told him to make a gun “vanish.”

The Erie Times News reports ( ) Ernest Leclair was ordered held for court at a hearing Tuesday on a misdemeanor evidence tampering charge.

His son, Christopher Leclair, is charged with criminal homicide. Investigators believe he shot his wife and threw her in the water with an anchor tied to her. Police say he reported that she accidentally fell overboard.

Police say Ernest Leclair moved a gun inside his son’s house near Albion, but his lawyer says if intended to do anything illegal he would have removed it when a judge ordered him to leave.

Information from: Erie Times-News,

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