Rich dentist denies killing spouse on African safari journey

DENVER — A rich dentist accused of capturing and killing his spouse of their cabin on the finish of an African safari journey testified Wednesday that an unfamiliar shotgun they introduced with them to hunt a leopard by chance went off, wounding her as she hurried to pack early within the morning.

“I didn’t kill my spouse. I couldn’t homicide my spouse. I might not homicide my spouse,” Lawrence “Larry” Rudolph advised jurors Wednesday.

His voice cracked at instances as he testified for over two hours about his open marriage to Bianca Rudolph and her demise in October 2016 in Zambia. He stated he was within the toilet when he heard the shot and got here out and located his spouse on the ground, bleeding.

Rudolph, 67, is charged with homicide and mail fraud in what prosecutors describe as a premeditated crime. He faces a most time period of life in jail or the demise penalty if convicted of homicide within the trial, which is being held in federal court docket in Denver as a result of the insurance coverage corporations that paid him practically $5 million for his spouse’s demise had been primarily based in Colorado.

Prosecutors allege Rudolph killed his spouse of 34 years to be together with his girlfriend, Lori Milliron, who’s charged with mendacity to a grand jury and being an adjunct after the actual fact. She is being tried alongside Rudolph. In opening statements, the prosecution advised jurors that Rudolph was overheard blurting out “I killed my f—–g spouse for you!” throughout an argument with Milliron at a Phoenix steakhouse in 2020 after he realized that the FBI was investigating his spouse’s demise.

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Rudolph denied confessing to his spouse’s killing. He stated he and Milliron had been having an argument about their funds and the way the Covid-19 pandemic, then at its begin, would have an effect on the Pennsylvania dental franchise that had made him a small fortune. However he was irritated as a result of he stated his high concern was the FBI’s probe.

Rudolph stated what he truly stated was “Now they’re saying I killed my f—–g spouse for you.”

After being near divorce twice, Rudolph stated he and his spouse, who had two kids, agreed to remain married in 2000 however pursue sexual relationships with different individuals. He stated the stress of their marriage eased after that, describing themselves as “moderately blissful” of their association. Rudolph stated neither Milliron nor his spouse issued him any ultimatums about ending his relationship with the opposite.

Rudolph’s lawyer, David Markus, has argued that Rudolph had no monetary motive for homicide. Rudolph was value greater than $15 million when his spouse died and the insurance coverage payout went right into a belief for his or her kids.

Zambian authorities decided two days after the Oct. 11, 2016, capturing that it was unintended, in accordance with the protection. Investigators for the insurers who later paid $4.8 million reached the identical conclusion.

Prosecutors counter that proof reveals Bianca Rudolph’s wounds got here from a shot fired from 2 to three.5 toes away.