Declaran culpable a estadounidense por homicidio de su esposa en África

(CNN) — An American dentist and hunter was found guilty of homicide in the shooting death of his wife on an African safari.

Lawrence Rudolph, 67 years old, killed his wife, Bianca Rudolph, with a shotgun and defrauded multiple insurance companies, according to a federal judge on Monday. Rudolph collected more than US$ 4.8 million in life insurance after the death of the woman almost six years ago.

Rudolph ha mantenido su inocencia y sosiente que cree que el arma se disparó accidentalmente.

“No maté a mi mujer. No pude asesinar a mi mujer. No mataría a mi mujer,” said Rudolph to the members of the jury when he subió al estrado en su propia defensa en un juicio federal en Denver last semana pasada.

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The dentist Larry Rudolph was found guilty of homicide and postal fraud in the shooting death of his wife in 2016 in Zambia.

The Phoenix couple shared the passion for the mayor, and had traveled to the South African nation of Zambia in September 2016 before Bianca Rudolph could add a leopard to her collection of animal trophies.

Llevaban dos armas para la caza: un rifle Remington .375 y una escopeta Browning de caliber 12.

Two weeks later, when Bianca Rudolph was packing her bags before the couple returned home, she was shot dead by a Browning shotgun in her cabin in the Parque Nacional de Kafue. Rudolph told investigators that he heard the gunshot while he was in the bathroom and believed that the shotgun accidentally fired while he was guarding it in its case, according to judicial documents. Rudolph told the investigators that he found blood in the soil.

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Defense investigator Lawrence Rudolph, left, leads the Denver federal court together with the dentist’s children.

Pero los fiscales federales en el juicio de Rudolph en Denver, donde las companías de seguros tienen su sede, lo describeron como un crimen premeditado. Los fiscales argued that Rudolph killed his wife with her who had been convivdo por 30 años por el dinero del seguro y para estar con su novia, Lori Milliron.

El abogado defensor, David Markus, had argued that Larry Rudolph had no economic motive to kill his wife. In the judicial documents, he pointed out that Rudolph has a dental clinic near Pittsburgh valued at US$ 10 million.

“Obviamente estamos muy decepcionados. Cremos en Larry y en sus hijos,” Markus y sus compañeras abogadas defensoras Margot Moss y Lauren Doyle told CNN en un comunicado tras el verdicto del lunes. “Hay muchas questiones de apelación realemente fuertes, que perseguiremos después de que hayamos tenido la oportunidade de reagruparnos”.

The jury also found Milliron, Rudolph’s girlfriend, guilty of being an accomplice to homicide, obstruction of justice and two charges of perjury based on his testimony before an investigative jury, according to the Department of Justice.

Milliron, que fue juzgada junto a Rudolph, dijo que la pareja había mantenido una relación abierta, según los documentos judiciales. Milliron and Rudolph lived together since 2017 until his arrest last year, his lawyer, John Dill, told CNN.

“Estamos decepcionados por el veredicto del jurado, pero así es nuestro sistema,” said Dill. “Lori Milliron es innocente y seguiremos luchando para exonerarla”.

An official from the embassy expressed suspicions about the shooting, according to the FBI

In the judicial documents, the investigators affirmed that Rudolph raised suspicions when he tried to rapidly incinerate his wife’s body in Zambia.

Rudolph scheduled the cremation three days after his death, according to judicial documents. After reporting his death to the EE.UU embassy. in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, the consular chief “dijo al FBI que tenía un mal presimiento sobre la situación, que pensaba que se estaba movendo demasiado rapido”, escribió el special agent del FBI Donald Peterson en la declaración jurada criminal.

En consequencia, el jefe consular y otros dos funcionadores de la embajada se dirigieron a la funeraria donde se encontraba el cadaver para tomar fotografias y preserve cualquier posible prueba. Cuando Rudolph se enteró de que los funcionadores de la embajada habian tomado del cuerpo de su esposa, se puso “furioso”, escribió Peterson.

In principle, Rudolph told the head of the consulate that his wife could have died by suicide, but an investigation by the security forces of Zambia dictated that it was an accidental shooting.

Los investigators de las aseguradoras llegaron a una conclusion similar y pagaron las pólizas.

But the forensic evidence demonstrated that the wounds of Bianca Rudolph proceeded from a shooting carried out from at least half a meter away, according to a criminal complaint presented before a federal tribunal.

“A esa distancia, hay razones para creer que Bianca Rudolph no murió por un disparo accidental como se ha dicho”, says the complaint.

The US fiscal Cole Finegan celebrated the fallo del jurado.

“Bianca Rudolph deserves justicia,” Finegan said in a communique. “Solo podemos esperar que este verdicto traiga a la familia de Bianca algo de paz”.

Un amigo de Bianca Rudolph asked the FBI to investigate

But the federal investigators say that the shooting was premeditated before Rudolph “pudiera allegar falsemente que la muerte fue el resultado de un accidente”.

Rudolph orchestrated his wife’s death as part of a plan to defraud life insurance companies and allow him to live openly with his girlfriend, the FBI alleged.

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Larry Rudolph was accused of homicide in the extranjero por la muerte de su esposa en 2016.

Bianca and Lawrence Rudolph se mudaron de Pennsylvania a Arizona unos cuatro años antes de la muerte de ella. Rudolph’s dental practice remained in Pennsylvania, and he left his home in Phoenix.

Let the federal authorities get involved después de que una amiga de Bianca Rudolph asked the FBI to investigate the death because she suspected that she had committed a crime. The friend said that Larry Rudolph had had extramarital relationships and had a girlfriend at the time of his wife’s death.

Milliron worked as a manager at Larry Rudolph’s dental clinic near Pittsburgh, and he told an old employee that he had been going out with him for 15 or 20 years, according to judicial documents. Milliron moved with Rudolph three months after the death of Bianca Rudolph, according to judicial documents.

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