Sugar Land man charged in Chicago cold case murder

A former Chicago attorney was arrested in Sugar Land Thursday and charged with the murder of his wife more than 40 years ago, according to our news partner KHOU Channel 13.

Donnie Rudd, 73, is charged with the 1973 murder of Noreen Kumeta Rudd in suburban Chicago.

Noreen was 19 years old at the time of her death. She had only been married to Donnie for 28 days when they were involved in a single-car accident, according to WGN in Chicago. Noreen’s spine was fractured and she suffered trauma after being thrown from the car. Donnie apparently was not injured.

“His story was that they were driving, that another car hit them, they went off the side of the road. When he tried to get her out, she was dead,” said Emma Leising, Rudd’s sixth wife.

Shortly before Noreen’s death, Donnie took out a $100,000 dollar life insurance policy on her and for decades, there has been suspicion surrounding how she died, WGN reports.

In 2013, authorities exhumed her body from a cemetery in Dundee, Illinois. A medical examiner later ruled she died from homicide.

Police have also previously called Rudd a suspect in the 1991 death of one of his clients, Loretta “Teri” Tabak. He has not been charged in that case.

ONE DEAD, ONE INJURED IN FRESNO SHOOTING

A man is dead and a woman is in the hospital after a domestic shooting in the town of Fresno on Monday, according to our news partner KHOU Channel 11.

This is the third tragic domestic shooting case in Fort Bend County in recent weeks.

Overnight gunshots rang out at a house on Evergreen Street in rural Fresno. According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, it is unclear who the shooter was, but when it was over, a man was dead and his girlfriend was wounded.

The 22-year-old woman apparently lay shot outside her family’s home all night. Her stepfather saw her when he left for work about 5:45 a.m. Monday.

“He was leaving for work, and he did find the body of a Hispanic male in his driveway,” Caitilin Espinosa, FBCSO spokeswoman, said. “He was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. And then his stepdaughter was critically injured.”

The family says they heard gunshots late Sunday night, but ignored them because it’s common out here in the country for folks to fire weapons.

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