Earlene Rudolph, 73
AZ, Sun City, Maricopa Co.
Deputies said 911 dispatchers received what they described as a "curious" call just before 9am from an occupant of a home. When deputies arrived, they forcibly entered the home and found the body of an elderly woman. The victim died of multiple gunshot wounds. The woman's husband was in the home.
78 year old Howard Allen Rudolph was charged with first degree murder (other source states second degree) of Earlene, and was being held in the Lower Buckeye Jail.
"I believe she was killed out of anger, hatred, alcohol and a cowardly decision," Engle said.
Neighbors also said they had seen ambulances at the couple's home on Saratoga Circle several times in recent weeks.
But Engle said, to his knowledge, his mother was not in poor health.
"(He) shot her with a 38-caliber handgun through her face - came out her throat into her chest and shot her three more times in the chest," Engle said. "That's coward spelled with a capital C. Then he was supposed to do it to himself, too, but he chickened out."
“Howard Rudolph, a 79-year-old murder suspect who disappeared after removing his ankle bracelet, has been found dead in his car of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports CBS affiliate KPHO.
He had been charged with second-degree murder in the August 2013 death of his wife, Earlene.
Rudolph's body was found inside his 2006 white Lincoln Town Car on Tuesday in a parking lot of the Lake Pleasant Village Apartments in Peoria, Ariz., in Maricopa County. "He was found dead, slumped over the wheel, with a bullet in his chest," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The suspect disappeared on Monday, and Rudolph's stepdaughter Diane Davis told KPHO that she feared he might commit suicide. "I feel like he would get away with it. He wouldn't have to face what he's done," she said.
"I knew he wasn't going to be [at the hearing]," said Davis. "I mean, from the get go, I knew he would not face what he's done. He's a coward."”