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A warrant was issued Tuesday for the arrest of...

PHILADELPHIA -- A warrant was issued Tuesday for the arrest of Roger P. Buehl in the slayings of retired Lockheed Corp. Chairman Courtlandt S. Gross, his wife and housekeeper, it was reported.

Sources told the Philadelphia Daily News Lower Merion Township District Justice Robert P. Johnson issued the warrant.

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However, neither police nor Johnson would confirm the report.

Buehl, 22, of Pottstown, who has been held in Delaware County Prison since July 30 on burglary charges, is to be arraigned Wednesday on the murder charges, sources told the Daily News.

The bodies of Gross, 77, his wife, Alexandra, 72, and their housekeeper, Catherine VanderVeur, 69, were found July 16 in the Gross' secluded mansion in Villanova, a posh Philadelphia suburb on the elite Main Line, so named because it originally was along a railroad track connecting the city to the wealthy suburban area.

Officials have steadfastly refused to say whether Buehl is a suspect in the killings, which aparently resulted after a burglar was surprised in the Gross home July 15.

Buehl also is charged in Philadelphia with robbery, aggravated and simple assault, weapons violations and other offenses in a July 13 robbery in which Nathan Cohn, 68, the operator of Goodscents Smoke Shop, was shot and wounded.

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Ballistic tests reportedly have shown the .38 caliber Walther automatic pistol used in the Gross killings was the same one used in the tobacco shop shooting.

A search warrant, issued in Chester County Court, stated the gun also was used in an attempted robbery and shooting in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, shortly after the Gross murders. No one was charged in that incident.

Armed with that warrant, state police searched the three-room pool house owned by Buehl's mother in East Coventry Township, Chester County. Police failed to turn up the gun.

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