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Legal Drama Unveiled: Pennsylvania Dentist and Big Game Hunter Larry Rudolph Faces Trial for Alleged Role in Wife’s 2016 Shooting Death in Zambia

“In a Stunning Twist of Events: Larry Rudolph, Pennsylvania Dentist, and Big Game Hunter Faces Trial for 2016 Shooting Death of Wife Bianca Rudolph”

Late in 2021, Larry Rudolph, a Pennsylvania dentist known for his big-game hunting pursuits, found himself under arrest for the 2016 shooting death of his wife, Bianca Rudolph. The tragic incident occurred during a hunting expedition in Zambia, casting a shadow over their 34-year-long marriage.

Larry’s request for release from custody pending trial prompted supportive affidavits from the couple’s son, Julian, and his sister, Ana Bianca, asserting their unwavering belief in their father’s innocence. However, in an exclusive interview with ABC News, Julian disclosed a change in his stance, stating, “I can’t stand by that original statement because that was before we saw the evidence in the trial.”

During the interview with ABC News’ Eva Pilgrim, Julian expressed his disbelief at the possibility of his father murdering his mother, stating, “It’s incomprehensible to me.”

The Rudolphs had embarked on a hunting trip to Zambia in late September 2016, where Bianca, also an avid big-game hunter, intended to hunt a leopard. Tragedy struck on the morning of October 11, 2016, as Bianca was shot in the chest with a Browning shotgun while they prepared to leave their hunting camp in Kafue National Park.

Larry Rudolph informed local authorities that he heard the fatal gunshot while in the shower and discovered his wife bleeding on the bedroom floor. He suggested the possibility that the shotgun left loaded from the previous day’s hunt, discharged accidentally as Bianca tried to pack it into its case, according to a federal complaint obtained by PEOPLE.

Despite Zambia law enforcement deeming her death an accidental discharge, U.S. federal authorities remained skeptical, accusing Rudolph of intentionally killing his wife to claim substantial life insurance benefits. Rudolph faced charges of foreign murder and mail fraud.

Denying the allegations, Larry Rudolph reassured his children that the evidence would exonerate him. Julian shared his father’s response, stating, “Of course, you want to believe that what you’re hearing is the truth.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bishop Grewell presented a compelling detail during the trial’s opening statements, revealing that Rudolph allegedly confessed to the crime to his longtime girlfriend, Lori Milliron, saying, “I killed my f—–g wife for you,” as reported by the Associated Press.

The trial, held in the U.S. District Court in Denver, featured testimony from Rudolph himself, who maintained that his wife’s death was an accident. He emphatically declared to the jury, “I did not kill my wife. I could not murder my wife. I would not murder my wife.”

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