Estranged Husband Charged in Murder of Twin Cities Suburban Reporter

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By: E&P Staff

Authorities Friday charged the estranged husband of Ruth Anne Maddox in the murder of the Shakopee Valley (Minn.) News reporter.

According to charges filed in Scott County (Minn.) District Court, Charles Anthony Maddox Jr. strangled Ruth Anne Maddox, and hid her body in the garage of their condominium, where it was discovered a day later by police. The charges were reported on the Minneapolis Star Tribune Web site by Abby Simons.

Police began investigating Tuesday when co-workers at the Shakopee Valley News received a text message saying the reporter would be late to work because of a doctor’s appointment. The Star Tribune reported the newspaper employees alerted police because texting was “very unusual” way for Maddox to contact them, and that calls to her cell phone went directly into voice mail.

They also said Ruth Anne Maddox had told colleagues she was concerned for her safety after filing for divorce Oct. 22. The divorce had been scheduled to be finalized Saturday.

Police went twice to the reporter’s home Tuesday, encountering Charles Maddox the second time. He had scratches on his nose and told police his wife was headed out of town, but that he did not know where, the Star Tribune reported. He would not allow police into the home or sign a missing person’s report.

Maddox again refused to let police enter later that night, but told police, when they returned with a search warrant at 3 a.m., “I might as well save you the trouble; you will find Ruth Anne’s body in the garage.”

According to the Star Tribune account, Charles Maddox told police that the two had fought Monday evening, and that she had attacked him with a screwdriver and knife. The newspaper said Charles Maddox admitted to choking her while holding down the arm with the knife.

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