Husband charged in Prior Lake murder
The articles I found were from the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune. Charles Maddox Jr. was charged with second-degree murder of his wife, Ruth Anne Maddox. Charles a Ruth married five years ago and resided in Prior Lake with their cat and two pit bulls. Ruth, originally from Indiana, was a reporter for the Shakopee Valley News. Three weeks ago Ruth filed for divorce and friends said that their was an abusive incident a year earlier. On Tuesday, co-workers were worried as to why Ruth did not show up for work and the unusual text message that they received. â€śColleagues told police that it was "very unusual" for her to contact them via text message and that calls went directly to her voice mail,â€? the Star Tribune reported. The Pioneer Press explains that Ruth had several story deadlines or Tuesday and when she didnâ€™t show up for work, her employer became concerned and thatâ€™s when they contacted the police. When the police arrived at the Maddox home on Tuesday afternoon to investigate, Charles claimed he did not know where Ruth was and refused to let the police in. On their third attempt, the police had a search warrant and Charles opened the door and led them to where her body was in the garage. "I might as well save you the trouble; you will find Ruth Anne's body in the garage," Charles Maddox is quoted as telling the police, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported. According to both newspapers, Charles Maddox told the police that his wife, Ruth, came at him with a knife and screwdriver and he put his knee on the arm holding the knife and strangled her to death. â€śMaddox, 43, remains in the Scott County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail,â€? the Star Tribune reported. The main differences between the articles were that the Pioneer Press gave emphasis on the case and how it links with domestic violence. It gave information on the precautions women should take when leaving their husbands. The Star Tribune had attributions from Charles lawyer, Larry Rapaport, stating that there is more behind the story than most people know.