The wife of an Indiana firefighter who was killed in 2019 and her alleged lover have been charged with his murder, officials said Thursday.
Convicted murderer Larry Ali Richmond and Elizabeth Fox-Doerr are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death of Robert Doerr, officials said at a news conference.
“This has been a lengthy investigation, and investigators have been working around the clock to follow up on every lead, no matter how small,” Evansville Police Department Sgt. Anna Gray said at a news conference. emotional press conference Thursday.
Doerr, 51, was shot at least three times after returning from work on Feb. 26, 2019, according to affidavits. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fox-Doerr, 50, said she was at home at the time of the murder, according to affidavits. His phone and residence were searched.
Investigators found a letter in the house written by Doerr to Fox-Doerr in which he talks about infidelity. “Since he came back into your life…I’ve been seeing his text on your phone,” the letter reads, according to the affidavits.
Investigators also determined that Richmond, 43, called Fox-Doerr just before Doerr was killed. Fox-Doerr deleted the call from his phone, according to the affidavits.
Richmond was engaged to Fox-Doerr’s sister, but Richmond’s son and a former Richmond jail cellmate told police he said he was having an affair with Fox-Doerr.
Richmond had also told his son that “if things were to get bad” he would bury his guns.
“Detectives were able to locate a buried bag in the backyard containing several firearms with serial numbers erased,” the affidavits state.
In November 2020, he pleaded guilty to two counts of felony possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, and sentenced to 60 months in prison, according to the police. He has been incarcerated ever since.
Richmond had previously served 22 years for murder and was released in 2018, according to an NBC affiliate WFIE of Evansville and the affidavits.
Cellphone data and video footage show Richmond was in the neighborhood of Doerr’s home the night he was murdered, police said. He has been a person of interest in the case since 2020.
Fox-Doerr was charged with perjury in connection with the case in July, according to police. She has been incarcerated ever since. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Attorney information was not immediately available for Fox-Doerr or Richmond.
Evansville Fire Division Chief Mike Larson said Thursday the department was “robbed” the night Doerr was killed.
“It’s been about three and a half years since we lost our brother Robby to this senseless crime,” Larson said. “The citizens of Evansville have lost a firefighter who always went above and beyond the call of duty to save lives and property. Most importantly, he was a son, brother, father and grandfather .”