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Updated Aug 22, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Sun City man pleads not guilty in wife’s death

PHOENIX — A Sun City man has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of
his 73-year-old wife.

Maricopa County prosecutors said 78-year-old Howard Allen Rudolph entered his
plea Thursday. His next scheduled court date is Oct. 9.

Rudolph was arrested Aug. 7 on suspicion of first-degree murder.

County Sheriff’s officials said initial indications were that it was a mercy
killing. They cited statements made by Rudolph about his wife being ill and what
he wrote in a note found with a revolver at the home.

Deputies went to the couple’s house in the Phoenix-area retirement community
after the Sheriff’s Office received a hang-up 911 call from the home.

They said Rudolph made incriminating statements after deputies found Earlene
Rudolph dead in a bathroom with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.


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