Ex-husband ‘kills ex-wife because she remarried to a hillbilly who got his stuff’

Ex-husband ‘kills ex-wife because she remarried to a hillbilly who got his stuff’
Ex-husband ‘kills ex-wife because she remarried to a hillbilly who got his stuff’
Dewayne McCloud (left) was charged with murder in the shooting death of his ex-wife Lauri Anne Deatherage (right) (Pictures: Hennepin County/YouTube)

A man allegedly murdered his ex-wife who had remarried days earlier because he did not want her new ‘hillbilly’ husband to get her as well as his stuff. Robert Dewayne McCloud, 64, was charged with murder on Tuesday in the shooting death of Lauri Anne Deatherage, 48.

Deatherage’s body was found in her home in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, last Friday morning when police officers entered to conduct a welfare check, KSTP reported. She was lying on the floor in the master bedroom and had trauma to her head. Cops found a single cartridge casing near her body.

McCloud was arrested about 12 hours after officials found his ex-wife’s body and following a standoff that lasted 10 hours. During the standoff negotiations, McCloud said he planned to ‘take care of business with (Deatherage) then myself but I took care of business with her and I left’.

Later, McCloud spilled more details. He admitted that he was ‘was standing over victim while she was laying on the bed and that victim had reached for the phone at which point defendant, believing she was calling 911, shot her’, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Law & Crime.

Investigators apparently also obtained a flash drive that included videos that McCloud sent to family members stating his anger over Deatherage’s new marriage.

In one clip, McCloud admitted that he ‘knew it was wrong to involve’ Deatherage in his suicidal wishes but that he justified it because she ‘had just remarried and he wasn’t going to let “that hillbilly” get all his stuff and his wife’.

McCloud was charged with second-degree murder with intent but not premeditated. If convicted, he could face up to 40 years in prison. His bond was set at $2million.

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Author: Jessica Kwong