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Updated Apr 15, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Sheriff's Office issues warrant for missing Arizona murder defendant

Howard Rudolph. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX -- A warrant has been issued for a Sun City man who was on house arrest in the shooting death of his wife.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said 79-year-old Howard Rudolph went missing after apparently removing his ankle monitoring bracelet.

Rudolph did not appear for a court hearing Monday. He is charged with second-degree murder in the 2013 death of Earlene Rudolph, 73.

The husband was arrested Aug. 7 amid indications that the death of his wife was a mercy killing. Sheriff's officials cited statements made by Rudolph about his wife being ill and what he wrote in a note found with a revolver at the home.

The Sheriff's Office said Rudolph may be driving a 2006 white Lincoln sedan with Arizona plate BER-4316.

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