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83-year-old man kills friend’s widow when she came to retrieve her dog after her husband’s death

By Mason White 6:06 PM January 12, 2017
Eugene Matthews
By: Tanya Malhotra

A man was arrested for viciously killing his friend’s wife one week after she lost her husband.

83-year-old Eugene Matthews of Florida, was arrested for shooting and killing the widow of his friend who came to his house to retrieve her dog from him.

Matthews killed 65-year-old Rebecca Rawson, at his home in Parrish. Matthews was looking after the dog, a golden Labrador named Bart, for a week.

He was given the dog when his friend Edward Rawson died.

Rawson came to his house with her brother-in-law Rodney and her 26-year-old daughter Elizabeth.

Mrs. Rawson had been waiting in the car outside Matthews’ home while her brother-in-law and her daughter knocked on the door.

When the dog heard them, it ran outside of the home and towards Mrs. Rawson. Matthews, who was armed with a pistol, followed the dog to the car.

He shot Rawson in the face. She was rushed to the hospital, where she died.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. They have not released details about the dispute over the dog.

Matthews was arrested on one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder.