Husband arrested in killing of estranged wife

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- A man accused of gunning down his estranged wife told investigators he staked out her Glendale house and killed her after trying unsuccessfully to follow her boyfriend when he left the home, police said Tuesday.

Edward Littleton McCauley, 58, of Peoria was arrested Monday in the shooting death of 45-year-old Dawn McCauley in front of her home.

She was found in the cab of her truck by officers who responded to a shots-fired call just after midnight Sunday.

A journal later found by detectives at Edward's McCauley's residence expressed hatred for his wife and indicated he had planned for a month to kill her, authorities said.

Detectives investigating the killing learned that McCauley had given away his truck, gun collection and some money. He was sitting in a rental car parked outside a restaurant when he was taken into custody Monday afternoon, police said in a statement filed in court.

Police say McCauley acknowledged killing his wife and told detectives he had first followed her boyfriend after he left the home Sunday night.

"Edward tried to follow the truck but was stopped at a light and he decided to return to Dawn's house to wait for her to come outside," police said in the statement.

If they had come out of the house together, "they would both `be done,'" said the statement, which did not identify the boyfriend.

The statement also said Dawn McCauley's relatives said she feared her husband and considered getting an order of protection against him but didn't because she feared he would still be able to find her.

Edward McCauley did not have a lawyer during an initial court appearance Tuesday. He remained jailed in lieu of $1 million bond.

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