• Husband in murder-suicide awaited fed prison sentence

    By: Blake Hanson

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The man who police said shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself was awaiting sentencing on federal charges.
     
    Police said Edward Rosner, 70, shot and killed his wife, Prudence Rosner, 68, before killing himself.

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    The couple were found by Mecklenburg County sheriff's deputies Thursday.
     
    Eyewitness News obtained court records Friday that show a grand jury indicted Rosner in the summer of 2013. Investigators said Rosner concealed personal income from the IRS and failed to file for taxes on $2.9 million.
     
    Rosner pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.
     
    "He was concerned about his family, and he was ashamed and embarrassed for the lack of diligence he had for not filing returns," said Randolph Lee, Rosner's attorney.
     
    Court records also reveal that Edward Rosner had asked for delays in his case due to his wife's health problems. Lee could not disclose the condition but described it as "life-debilitating."
     
    Lee said that even as Rosner dealt with his legal troubles, there weren't signs pointing to what happened Thursday.
     
    "I'm just surprised that he would take this course; that's just out of character," said Lee.
     
    A presentence report was filed Sept. 15, which is typically done shortly before sentencing. A date had not yet been set.
     
    Lee said Rosner and his wife had moved to Charlotte after he had built a career as a corporate attorney in Philadelphia.

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