A Latrobe man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the March 31, 2015, death of his wife.
Roy Allen Roth entered the plea Monday in El Dorado County Superior Court and read a statement regarding the circumstances of the slaying in front of a courtroom filled with friends and the family of his late wife, 50-year-old Deborah Anne Roth, according to an El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office news release. He is to be sentenced Aug. 22 to 15 years to life in prison.
On April 3, 2015, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received information that Deborah Roth had not been in contact with her friends or family for several days. When deputies contacted Roy Roth about his missing wife, he lied to them, saying his wife had walked away following an argument.
After contacting Roth, sheriff’s detectives searched the property off Latrobe Road, where the Roths lived, and found Deborah Roth’s body in a shed.
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Roy Roth admitted in the statement he read in front of Superior Court Judge Daniel Proud that he struck his wife and choked her to death during an argument on March 31, 2015. He also admitted that after killing Deborah Roth, he put her body in the shed and left it there while continuing to have contact with his family and friends. He further admitted that he continued to lie about his wife’s whereabouts to friends, family and law enforcement officers.
The case was investigated by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office with the assistance of the California Department of Justice.