A 67-year-old man who is accused of killing his wife during their hunting trip in Africa has insisted that she accidentally shot herself with a 12-gauge shotgun.
Pennsylvania dentist Dr. Lawrence Rudolph was charged with murdering Bianca and fraudulently claiming her $4.8 million life insurance.
But his attorney said in a statement that the claims are ‘outrageous’ and said the grieving husband would demonstrate his innocence.
“This is an outrageous prosecution against Dr. Larry Rudolph, a man who loved his wife of 34 years and did not kill her,” attorney David Oscar Markus said.
“Back in 2016, his wife had a terrible accident during a hunting trip in Zambia. The investigators on the scene concluded it was an accident. Several insurance companies also investigated and agreed.
“Now, more than five years later, the government is seeking to manufacture a case against this well-respected and law abiding dentist. Dr. Rudolph looks forward to his trial where he will demonstrate his innocence.”
According to reports, Rudolph had 9 life insurance policies with 7 different companies which he cashed out after Bianca passed away.
It was in October 2016 when the couple had flown to Zambia so that Bianca could kill a leopard.
But on October 11 around 5 am, scouts and gamekeepers heard a gunshot from their cabin. They found the woman lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to her chest. Rudolph claimed he was in the bathroom and his wife had accidentally shot herself with a Browning 12 shotgun.
Zambian Police then ruled Bianca’s death an accident and allowed the dentist to return to America.
The FBI received notification about the case that same year after one of the woman’s friends called to say she was suspicious about the sudden death.
The day after Bianca’s funeral, Rudolph is said to have booked a plane ticket for his girlfriend but canceled it and booked another flight for a different woman, who he decided to meet up with in Las Vegas.
According to the FBI agent, the dentist had gone to Mexico with the first woman months before Bianca died.
The FBI carried out a ‘reach test’ to determine whether it would’ve been physically possible for Bianca to shoot herself with the Browning Shotgun.
“In my opinion, it would be physically impossible to accidentally fire this shotgun in its carrying case and produce the entrance defect noted on the body of Ms. Rudolph,” the medical examiner said.
“The tip of the carrying case was most likely at least two feet from Ms. Randolph when the weapon was discharged regardless if it was on cylinder or full choke settings.
“Further, it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Ms. Rudolph to reach the trigger of this weapon even if it was placed in the case with the muzzle pressed against her chest.”
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