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Court docs: Oro Valley man tried to cover up wife's murder

Posted at 4:41 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 21:31:30-05

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. - Court documents reveal new information in the death of an Oro Valley woman last month.

On Tuesday, an autopsy report from the Pima County Medical Examiner ruled 40-year-old Laurie Draegeth's manner of death a homicide. Her husband, Trevor Draegeth was arrested the following day on a first degree murder charge.

KGUN9 obtained the interim police complaint that states Trevor Draegeth called 911 on Feb. 12 around 12:30 a.m. reporting his wife committed suicide. He told officers he and his wife were arguing about finances before Laurie shot at him twice, then shot and killed herself.

Officers found Laurie with a gunshot wound to her left eye and two bullet holes in the wall of the master bedroom.

The report also states Trevor manipulated Laurie's body to make her look "pretty." He told police he removed a blanket from the bed and tried to wash it along with his shirt in the bathtub. Trevor also cleaned the gun in the bathtub with a bar of soap.

About an hour later, Trevor said he put the gun by the front door and called 911.

During the investigation, police learned Laurie recently planned to leave her husband, and Trevor kicked her out of the house days before the incident. Investigators did not find any signs she was suicidal.

Trevor Draegeth is being held on $10 million cash bond because investigators believe he could be a flight risk.

He told police he had $1 million and owns a law firm. Draegeth is due in court Monday, March 18.

Laurie Draegeth was a substitute teacher with the Amphitheater School District since last October, a district spokesperson confirmed.