ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. – A judge on Monday denied bond for a former Chicago attorney who was accused of killing his wife more than 40 years ago.
Donnie Rudd, 73, was arrested in Sugar Land, Texas, on Thursday and charged for the 1973 murder of his wife, Noreen Kumeta Rudd, in suburban Barrington Township. Noreen was 19 at the time of her death.
The defendant did not appear in court Monday because he is hospitalized with a serious condition to his feet.
Rudd was an attorney but lost his license in Illinois under a cloud of fraud allegations. According to his website, he has been working as a scientist in Texas.
A source told WGN last week that Noreen had only been married to Donnie for 28 days when the couple was involved in a single-car accident. Donnie apparently was not injured, but the coroner found Noreen's spine was fractured and she suffered trauma after being thrown from the car.
Donnie had taken out a 100,000 dollar life insurance policy shortly before her death. For decades, there has been suspicion surrounding how she died.
He is also a suspect in a 1991 murder. Donnie is expected in court Thursday at 9 a.m.