Man Accused of Killing his Wife Refuses to Attend Hearing

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A man accused of murdering his wife refused to attend his preliminary hearing in Polk County Court Wednesday.

Jail officials tell Channel 13 50-year-old Harold Dudley had been scheduled to go before a judge Wednesday morning, but refused to go to the courthouse — effectively waiving his preliminary hearing.

Dudley is facing charges of first degree murder and burglary after his wife Mary Dudley was found shot to death on June 3rd. It happened at the Southbrook apartment complex on the city’s south side.

Harold was arrested in Ames just hours after his wife’s body was discovered.

He’s currently being held at the Polk County Jail on a $1.5 million cash bond.

Mary Dudley’s death marked Des Moines’ 16th homicide of the year.