Millionaire Pittsburgh dentist is GUILTY of murdering his wife during big game hunting trip in Zambia, six years ago for $4.8M insurance payout – Larry Rudolph faces life in prison or death penalty
Prominent Pittsburgh dentist is found GUILTY Monday of murdering his wife six years ago, during big game hunting trip in Africa
The millionaire dentist jurors found, shot his wife dead on African safari, following a three-week trial in a Denver federal courthouse
Jury found Lawrence “Larry” Rudolph, 67, guilty of the fatal shooting of his wife of 34 years, Bianca Finizio Rudolph during a safari in Zambian to hunt big game
Rudolph was also convicted of mail fraud for cashing in $4.8 million in life insurance payments following his wife’s death on Oct. 11, 2016, which he claimed was accidental and self-inflicted
Jurors believed prosecution claim that Rudolph killed his wife in cold blood as part of a premeditated plan to take the life insurance payouts and start a new life with Lori Milliron, his mistress of 20 years
Milliron was was also found guilty by the same jury of being an accessory after the fact to murder, obstruction of a grand jury and two counts of perjury before a grand jury
She was acquitted on two other counts of perjury
Rudolph faces a maximum term of life in prison or the death penalty
A jury in Denver, Colorado on Monday convicted a multimillionaire dentist and big game hunter from Pennsylvania accused of murder murder and mail fraud for the shooting death of his wife when the couple went on a safari to Zambia nearly six years earlier.
A jury found Lawrence “Larry” Rudolph, 67, guilty of shooting his wife of 34 years, Bianca Rudolph, following a three-week trial in a Denver federal courthouse.
He was also convicted of mail fraud for cashing in $4.8 million in life insurance payments following his wife’s death in October, 2016, which he claimed was accidental and self-inflicted.
Jurors sided with prosecutors who said Rudolph killed his wife in cold blood as part of a premeditated plan to take the life insurance payouts and start a new life with his mistress of 20 years.
They said Rudolph shot his wife while on a hunting trip in Zambia on Oct. 11, 2016, and was overheard years later shouting “I killed my f–king wife for you!” during an argument with the other woman, Lori Milliron, while out to dinner.
Bianca Rudolph, also a big game hunter, set on the safari with her husband hoping to bag a leopard during the safari six years ago, instead, prosecutors argued that she was fatally shot by her husband the morning of Oct. 11, 2016.
All through the trial the defendant maintained his innocence. According to Rudolph, his wife accidentally shot herself in the chest while packing a shotgun when he was in the bathroom. Bianca he said, had been packing her bags in a hurry as she was in a rush to return home from the trip.
Rudolph told authorities he was in the shower at the time, but that he heard a blast from a Browning shotgun and then found his wife wounded and on the ground of their hunting camp in Kafue National Park.
Authorities in Zambia ultimately ruled her death accidental, but the consular chief at the U.S. Embassy remained suspicious, especially after Rudolph discussed with the FBI his intentions to cremate Bianca.
Upon his return from Africa, Rudolph also made claims through seven different insurance companies totaling nearly $5 million in payouts, according to a criminal complaint.
However prosecutors countered that Bianca’s gunshot wound couldn’t have been self-inflicted.
They presented evidence that showed the shot to her heart had been fired from two to three-and-a-half feet away.
Rudolph the prosecution argued, planned to murder his wife after she asked for more decision-making power in the couple’s finances and had demanded he fire his long-term mistress, Lori Milliron.
Rudolph’s lawyers said he had no motive to kill his wife for Milliron because the couple had been in an open relationship since 2000, which allowed them to have sexual relationships with others.
They also said he had no financial need for the life insurance payouts, which went into a trust for the couple’s children, when he was worth more than $15 million at the time. Investigators for the insurance companies concluded that the shooting was accidental and paid out nearly $5 million to the family. Prosecutors claimed Milliron, who is the manager of Rudolph’s Pittsburgh-area dental franchise, became privy to the murder after the fact.
She accused her of lying to a federal jury about the case and her relationship with Rudolph.
She was also found guilty by the same jury of being an accessory after the fact to murder, obstruction of a grand jury and two counts of perjury before a grand jury. She was found not guilty on two other counts of perjury.
Rudolph faces a maximum term of life in prison or the death penalty.
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