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The widow of a firefighter who was executed in her own driveway three years ago was charged with murder in his death Thursday, the Evansville Police Department said.
Elizabeth Fox-Doerr, 50, has been in jail since July for perjury and was charged with murder this week.
Another man who has long been a suspect in the case, 41-year-old Evansville resident Larry Ali Richmond Sr., has also been charged with murder. He has been in prison since 2019 on federal firearms charges.
Robert Doerr, who served as a firefighter for nearly 30 years in Evansville, Indiana, was shot three times and killed after returning home from a 12-hour shift on February 26, 2019.
“This senseless, selfish act will forever leave Robby’s family, friends and co-workers in limbo,” Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin said Thursday at a news conference. “Today is the first step in seeing some kind of justice for Robbie.”
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Evansville Police Department officer Blake Keen said in 2020 that Richmond “had a relationship with the Doerr family at the time Robert was executed.”
An inmate who was locked up with Richmond told police the suspect confessed to the murder in jail and also said he was in a relationship with Elizabeth Fox-Doerr, according to an affidavit obtained by WEHT.
Fox-Doerr also allegedly called Richmond and spoke to her on the phone for five minutes just before the murder, but she later deleted the recordings of the call from her phone because she didn’t want investigators to think she had an affair with Richmond, the affidavit says.
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Evansville Fire Department Chief Mike Larson said Thursday the community finally has “closure” for the loss of Doerr.
“The citizens of Evansville have lost a firefighter who always went above and beyond the call of duty to save lives and property,” Larson said at a news conference. “Most importantly, he was a son, a brother, a father and a grandfather.”
Fox-Doerr is currently being held on $50,000 bond for the perjury charge. It was not immediately clear whether she or Richmond had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.