A western Pennsylvania man charged with murdering his wife has been accused of forging documents to steal a cemetery plot so he could be buried beside her.

Thirty-nine-year-old John Gerholt Sr. has claimed he accidentally shot his wife, 24-year-old Karen Gerholt, on Nov. 9, 2008, as she left work at a McDonald's near Everett.

Bedford County prosecutors say Gerholt purposely killed his wife with a rifle and want the death penalty.

Now authorities say Gerholt forged documents while in jail to obtain the burial plot. The woman's family bought the plots and learned of the alleged scheme when they tried to sell the space next to hers.

A defense attorney says Gerholt loves his wife and wants to be near her.