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July 9, 2014

Deputies: Girlfriend secretly recorded surgeon's plan to murder ex-wife

PERU – Miami County deputies say recordings secretly made by the live-in girlfriend of an orthopedic surgeon revealed details of a plan to murder his ex-wife.

Deputies arrested 48-year-old Gregory Konrath, a surgeon at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Tuesday on a charge of attempted murder, alleging he plotted to shoot his ex-wife with a handgun.

Deputies deputies said they discovered Konrath, who has worked at the hospital for less than two years, had begun to execute his plan to murder his ex-wife after he called police and told them his live-in girlfriend was suicidal. When deputies arrived to check on the girlfriend, she told them she wasn’t suicidal. Rather, she said Konrath was formulating a plan to murder his ex-wife, who lives in Lafayette, and attempt to make it look like a suicide.

Deputies said the girlfriend had made recordings of recent conversations with Konrath, in which he said he had obtained a gun and picked out hollow-point ammunition with which to shoot his ex-wife because it would cause more damage to her head.

In the recorded conversations, he said he had already fired the gun at a shooting range wearing gloves in order to keep the weapon from being traced to him, deputies said.

Konrath detailed how he would wear more than one layer of clothing so he could easily discard it after killing her, and had already selected the dumpster he would throw the clothes away in after the murder, deputies said.

The girlfriend told deputies Konrath was also trying to get her to be his alibi after the murder, and tell police he had been at home with her during the time of the murder if they questioned her.

She also told deputies Konrath wanted them to get married so she could not be compelled to testify again him if he were accused of the crime.

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