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Minnesota Air Force Veteran Allegedly Killed by Her Ex-husband a Few Days after Her 2nd Wedding

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jun 22, 2021
01:20 P.M.
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The Minnesota police have reported the demise of an air force veteran gunned down by her ex-husband a few days following her second wedding.


58-year-old Billy Deatherage has been thrown into mourning a few days after his wedding. Billy's new wife and fellow Air Force veteran, Lauri Deatherage, was fatally shot at her home in Robbinsdale.

Authorities were alerted to an emergency at 3400 Grimes Avenue, where Lauri resided. The Air Force veteran had been fatally shot and left lifeless inside her home.

A photo of a police line to keep people away from a scene | Photo: Shutterstock


The crime was said to have been perpetrated by Lauri's ex-husband. According to her grieving spouse, she was supposed to move out of her Grimes Avenue home in a few days.

Billy was distraught as he explained that his wedding with Lauri was shy of a few days before she was taken away from him. Officers now have her ex-partner in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.


Court documents show that the late Lauri and the 64-year-old suspect finalized their divorce three years ago. She was described as an artist, seamstress, and someone loved by multitudes.

In 2016, the authorities in Philadelphia responded to a domestic violence call in the 3100 block of Willits Road.


Billy explained that he and his wife knew each other for over a decade. They first met at the Grand Forks Air Force base in North Dakota. They reconnected four years ago, and he popped the question early this year.

Robbinsdale Police have shared that investigations showed that Lauri seemed to be the victim of a homicide, and the crime was not random in nature. The charging decision was scheduled for Monday.


Back in April, the police in New Jersey were alerted to the case of a missing woman, Massiel Deoleo. Her family members contacted officers, and a search was on.

When the police arrived at her ex-husband, James T. Cox's home, he threatened to take his life to get the officers to back away. The officers exited the building and alerted the region's SWAT team to the scene.


After hours of trying to resolve the issue peacefully at around 8 pm, the team eventually entered the residence only to find Cox's body and that of Deoleo. The investigation was summed up as a murder-suicide case.

In 2016, the authorities in Philadelphia responded to a domestic violence call in the 3100 block of Willits Road. It was said that a newly married couple was involved in an altercation.

The heated issue culminated into something bloody, as the husband, Paul Kuzan, was said to have shot his wife, Nightlinger, with a crossbar, pinning her to the couch and the wall. Neighbors called the police, and Paul was taken into custody.


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