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Maryland Manhunt for Judge's Killer Called Off, After Suspect Found Dead

Pedro Argote, 49, the man suspected of killing Judge Andrew Wilkinson, was found dead Thursday morning in a heavily wooded area near Maryland’s northern border, the New York Times reports. The cause of death was not immediately clear.


The weeklong manhunt began on the evening of October 19 when Wilkinson, a judge on the Maryland Circuit Courts, was found in his driveway suffering from gunshot wounds, which would prove fatal. On the day he was shot, Wilkinson had presided over a divorce hearing in which Argote was the plaintiff, awarding custody of the children to Argote’s ex-wife. According to court documents cited in ABC News’ story on the incident, Wilkinson also ordered Argote to pay child support, prohibited Argote from visiting or contacting his children or wife if it was not initiated by her, and gave his wife sole possession of the family home.

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