A millionaire dentist and major game hunter from Pennsylvania was found guilty of murder and mail fraud Monday for shooting his wife dead during a hunting trip in Africa nearly six years earlier.
A grand jury found Lawrence “Larry” Rudolph, 67, guilty kill his wife of 34 years old, Bianca Rudolph, after a three-week trial in Denver federal court.
He was also found guilty of mail fraud for transferring $4.8 million in cash for life insurance payments following the death of his wife in October 2016 – which he alleged was accidental. and self-inflicted.
The jurors sided with prosecutors alleging that Rudolph had killed his wife in cold blood as part of a preparatory scheme to get life insurance money and start a new life with his mistress of 20 years. .
They say Rudolph shot his wife while hunting in Zambia on October 11, 2016 and was heard years later, shouting “I killed my f**king wife for you!” during an argument with another woman, Lori Milliron, while going out to dinner.
Rich dentist maintain his chastity during the trial and claimed Bianca Rudolph accidentally shot herself in the chest while preparing a handgun while he was in the bathroom. He said his wife packed her things in a hurry because she was in a hurry to get home from the trip.
However, prosecutors said her gun wound was not self-inflicted. They presented evidence that the shot to her heart was fired between two and three and a half meters away.
Prosecutors said Rudolph planned to kill his wife after she demanded more discretion in the couple’s finances and asked him to fire Milliron.
Rudolph’s lawyers said he had no motive to kill his wife for Milliron because the couple had been in a public relationship since 2000, which allowed them to have sex with others.
They also said he had no financial need for life insurance payments, which became a trust for the couple’s children, as he was worth more than $15 million. at that time. Investigators from the insurance companies concluded that the shooting was accidental and split the family nearly $5 million.
Prosecutors claimed Milliron, who managed Rudolph’s Pittsburgh-area dental brand, became undercover about the murder after it happened. They accused her of lying to a federal grand jury about the case and her relationship with Rudolph.
She was also found guilty by the same jury of murder, obstruction of a jury, and two counts of perjury before a jury. She was not found guilty of the other two counts of perjury.
Rudolph faces life in prison or the death penalty.
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