Fort Worth Man Pleads Guilty to Murdering Wife Who Was Thrown Into Lake With Concrete Tied to Her Neck

A Fort Worth man has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2016 slaying of his estranged wife, who drowned after she was thrown into Lake Worth with a 119-pound piece of concrete tied to her neck.In a plea deal reached Wednesday, 36-year-old Rodolfo Montes Arellano will serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty in the case.Authorities first believed that 28-year-old Elizabeth Arellano's death may have been a suicide. Swift-water rescuers pulled the medical assistant and mother of four's body from the lake on the morning of April 16, 2016, several hours after witnesses told police they'd seen someone fall off the Interstate 820 bridge — one reported hearing "what sounded like screams." A rope tied around her neck was attached to a heavy chunk of concrete at the other end, with a piece of a wooden fence post still encased in it.The Tarrant County medical examiner later ruled that her death was a homicide, caused by "drowning with weight tied around neck" — she had still been alive when she went into the water.  Continue reading...

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