Texan gets life term in wife’s drowning, concrete weight

FORT WORTH — A Fort Worth man must serve life in prison for the 2016 drowning of his estranged wife whose body was found in a lake with a 119-pound hunk of concrete tied to her neck.

Prosecutors in Fort Worth say Rodolfo “Rudy” Arellano pleaded guilty Wednesday to capital murder in a plea deal for life behind bars without chance of parole. The 36-year-old husband could have faced the death penalty if convicted at trial.

The body of 28-year-old Elizabeth Arellano was discovered in April 2016 in Lake Worth after police say witnesses reported hearing screams and seeing someone fall from a bridge.

Authorities say a rope, still tied to the woman’s neck, was connected to concrete encased as part of a wood fence. Similar pieces were found in her husband’s truck.

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