Elizabeth Fox-Doerr: Woman and lover charged with murder after EXECUTING firefighter husband in driveway
The 50-year-old allegedly executed her husband Robert Doerr after he returned home from a 12-hour shift in February 2019
Elizabeth Fox-Doerr, 50, allegedly executed her husband Robert by firing three shots at him in the driveway after he returned home from a 12-hour shift in February 2019. She was only charged with perjury this week but has now been now charged with murder. Both Fox-Doerr and her paramour, 41-year-old Larry Ali Richmond Sr, were already in jail on separate charges when Evansville police announced the murder charges. The widow has been behind bars since July after being charged with perjury for lying about deleting cellphone records of her conversations with Richmond, who was an accomplice in the killing and has been in jail on weapons charges since 2019.
Fox-Doerr had reportedly been cheating on her husband with Richmond when he was murdered. "This senseless selfish act will forever leave a void of Robby's family, his friends, and his co-workers," Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin said of Robert, who was a firefighter for nearly three decades in Evansville, at a press conference on Thursday, August 18. "Today is the first step in seeing some type of justice for Robbie."
Breaking News: Elizabeth Fox-Doerr, the widow of slain Evansville Firefighter Robert Doerr, has been charged with his murder. Doerr was shot outside of his home in February 2019. Larry Richmond Sr., already in prison on gun charges, is also charged with Doerr's murder. pic.twitter.com/HouRChBhO7— Brett Allega (@BrettSpeaksOut) August 18, 2022
Interestingly, the sudden turn of events in the case came after Richmond apparently confessed to a fellow inmate that he was an accomplice and had been in a relationship with Fox-Doerr. The widow is also alleged to have called Richmond to speak with him on the phone around five minutes before the murder took place. There was no record of such a call being placed, but Fox-Doerr later confessed to deleting her call log because she knew Richmond "had been in trouble before" and feared investigators would think she was having an affair with him.
In November 2020, Richmond was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to two counts of felony in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a firearm with a scratched-off serial number. He was arrested in March 2019 after authorities found three guns buried in a backyard. This was after Richmond had been released in 2018 after serving 22 years in prison for murder.
Richmond's son Larry Richmond Jr told police that his father admitted to having an affair with Fox-Doerr. He also said he witnessed the duo kissing in a car. Furthermore, investigators recovered a letter written by Robert to his wife outlining issues of infidelity, with comments of "ever since he came back into your life" and "I see his text on your phone."
That said, Evansville Fire Department Chief Mike Larson noted how the latest charges meant the community would finally have "some closure" over the firefighter's demise.
"Rest easy brother, we'll take it from here."— Cameron Witte (@CamBehindTheCam) March 4, 2019
Family, friends, and over 150 of the Evansville Fire Department give their final goodbyes to Robert Doerr. pic.twitter.com/EaoyHTZVzH
"The citizens of Evansville lost a firefighter who always went above and beyond the call of duty to save lives and property. Even more importantly, he was a son, a brother, a father, and grandfather," Larson said at a press conference. "We are relieved that the long wait is over and the individuals involved in this murder are being brought to justice for not only Robby's murder but the pain they have caused his family, his friends, and our department," he added.