A Minneapolis-area girl and Air Force veteran was married for less than 1 week before she was found shot to death in her home, and police suspect her ex-husband of killing her.
Lauri Anne Deatherage, 48, was found in her Robbinsdale home Friday morning as police ran a wellness check. She’d married Billy Deatherage, 53, only five days earlier.
“After finding her body, officers monitored her ex-husband into his Brooklyn Center home,” the Star-Tribune reported. After a 10-hour standoff, the reported 64-year-old surrendered to police at about 9 Legislation on Friday, according to the Star-Tribune report.
Lauri along with Billy Deatherage married on June 13, that was also her birthday.
“Can not wait to see who shows up now!! Getting married on my birthday,” she submitted on Facebook that afternoon, adding”(I will never forget the anniversary!)”
Billy Deatherage, also an Air Force veteran, had met Lauri 30 years ago while stationed at the Air Force base in Grand Forks, according the Star-Tribune report. They reconnected about four years ago, and he proposed this past spring, the report said.
Deatherage told the Star-Tribune that he is a”train wreck” after the death of his spouse.
“Our time was cut short by an atrocious action,” he said. “We had been married less than 1 week before she was taken from me.”
“She was a fantastic soul,” he said.
In addition, he told the paper that she’d spent the last 20 years designing costumes for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
The Star-Tribune noted that Lauri was intending to move to Arkansas to be with her new husband after shutting the sale of her house.
“Why am I going?” Lauri submitted on Facebook in April. “I got engaged and my fiance lives in Arkansas and I’m moving to be closer to him.”
Court records allegedly show that Lauri countered a divorce using the defendant in September 2018. The defendant has not yet been publicly called, but he is reportedly in custody. Law&Crime attempted to achieve at the Robbinsdale Police Department by phone and email for verification on the suspect’s identification, but we did not get a response by the time of publication.
[Picture courtesy YouTube/Lauri McCloud]
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