(**Update)Two arrested for allegedly murdering Chautauqua Inst. concert violinist Mary Whitaker; may face death penalty...

Two men -- one who reportedly was living in the Sherman-area recently -- face federal charges in the murder of Chautauqua Institution concert violinist Mary Whitaker.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said early this evening that Erie, PA Police arrested 43 year-old John Conklin -- an Erie native with no known address -- and, 30 year-old Charles Sanford of French Street, Erie -- earlier today.  Gerace says the two men allegedly went to the 61 year-old Whitaker's home to steal something... but, she refused to give them any information.  He says she was shot once in the chest... and, once in the leg... before they allegedly stole her vehicle... and, drove it to Erie.  That's where Conklin alleged used a credit card stolen from Whitaker... which eventually led to their arrests.  With that... U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. says the pair face federal charges including transporting stolen property across statelines... carjacking during commission of a murder... and, use of a firearm in commission of a violent crime.  Hochul says Conklin and Sanford were arraigned tonight in U.S. District Court in Buffalo... and, if convicted... face life in prison... but, could also face the death penalty.

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