Trial To Begin For Husband Of Slain Minn. Reporter

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — Opening statements will be heard Tuesday in the trial of a Minnesota man accused of killing his wife while the couple was going through a divorce.

Police found the body of 45-year-old reporter Ruth Anne Maddox in her condo’s garage in November 2008. Her husband, 45-year-old Charles Maddox Jr., admitted killing her but said he did it in self-defense.

Maddox’s trial in Scott County had to wait for an appellate court to settle disputes over evidence that could be shown to a jury.

Prosecutors wanted to display potentially embarrassing emails they said Ruth Anne Maddox had found on her husband’s computer and threatened to use against him. The appellate court said they couldn’t be shown immediately, but might be shown in redacted form later depending on how the trial goes.

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  • So Sad

    These people were my neighbors and lived right behind me when this happened. May Ruth Anne rest in peace; she was a sweet lady who loved her dogs. The lights stayed on in thier house for months afterwards with all of her things set up in the windows. I still can’t walk by without a heavy heart. ='(

  • JT

    Very Sad

    I attended Louisiana Tech with Ruth Anne. She was always a happy, loving and caring person. Ruth Anne volunteered as a scribe at the dorm for the physically challenged. She was a faithful friend. My Scrabble buddy. We vowed to be friends for life and we were, until this tragic end. I miss her MUCH!

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