A TROPHY hunter allegedly told his lover “I killed my wife for you” after murdering his wife to collect a £4.2million life insurance payout.
Dentist Lawrence Rudolph, 67, is accused of killing his wife Bianca at a remote log cabin in Zambia, Africa, during a leopard hunting safari.
Prosecutors say Rudolph, from Pennsylvania, murdered his wife for an insurance payout of £4.2m – despite claims at the time that she shot herself in 2016.
At a court hearing in Colorado – the state where the insurance payments were made – it was alleged that Rudolph confessed his guilt to his girlfriend, Lori Milliron.
He allegedly told her he murdered his wife at a steakhouse in Phoenix, Arizona after learning the FBI was investigating his wife’s death in 2020.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bishop Grewell pointed to Ms. Milliron: “He killed his wife because of her.”
But Rudolph’s lawyer, David Markus, claimed the witness misheard him and actually said “they say I killed my fucking wife for you”.
He told the court the shooting occurred as staff were entering and exiting the cabin to serve breakfast to the couple.
Markus said jury workers found Rudolph in shock after the shooting, claiming his wife accidentally dropped the gun, causing it to explode.
After a two-day investigation in Zambia, authorities concluded it was an accident, as did insurance investigators, Markus said.
Rudolph was charged with murder and mail fraud.
If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison or the death penalty.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Milliron is accused of lying to the grand jury and of becoming an extra.
Mr Rudolph has always denied being responsible for his wife’s death and told authorities in Zambia that he was in the bathroom when his wife shot herself as she packed a shotgun as the couple prepared to return to the US.