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Charges: Man killed ex-wife because she got remarried

He sent videos explaining his decision to family members, charges state.

A 64-year-old Brooklyn Center man is accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife days after she remarried.

Robert Dewayne McCloud is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lauri Anne Deatherage, 48, of Robbinsdale. 

On June 13, Deatherage's 48th birthday, she married Billy Detherage, a fellow Air Force veteran with whom she had reunited after about 30 years. 

Days later, on June 18, Robbinsdale police found Deatherage lying on the floor of the master bedroom of her home on Grimes Avenue at about 9:15 p.m. 

Police had received a report that McCloud had killed his ex-wife, the criminal complaint states. 

She died of a gunshot wound to the head. 

McCloud was arrested around 9 p.m. that day at his Brooklyn Center home after a 10-hour standoff with police

According to the complaint, he was making statements about shooting himself and said his plan was to "take care of business with [the victim] then myself, but I took care of business with her and I left."

Police searched his home and found a black pistol, ammunition, and a key to Deatherage's home.

Investigators learned McLeod had mailed flash drives to family members in advance of shooting Deatherage, charges state. One of the flash drives contained a video of McCloud saying he planned to kill himself and he knew it was wrong to involve Deatherage but she had just remarried and he wasn't going to let "that hillbilly" get all his stuff and his wife. 

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The person who first reported the incident to police said McCloud had recently purchased a gun and went to Deatherage's house that day, with the complaint adding: "Defendant admitted that he 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."

Deatherage is the 12th confirmed victim of intimate partner homicide in Minnesota in 2021, Violence Free Minnesota says.

If you know anyone who is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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