Federal prosecutor: Dentist confessed to wife’s safari death

DENVER — A wealthy dentist accused of killing his wife during an African safari and later collecting nearly $5 million in insurance proceeds admitted to the killing to his longtime lover, a federal prosecutor told a jury Wednesday.

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The U.S. government alleges that 67-year-old Lawrence “Larry” Rudolph killed his wife during a 2016 trip in Zambia.

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Rudolph’s attorney told jurors that Bianca Rudolph’s death was accidental, and he accused prosecutors of relying on circumstantial evidence.

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Rudolph and his wife were big game hunters.

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If convicted, Rudolph could face life in prison or the death penalty.

The trial is in Colorado because the insurance payouts were based there.