UPDATE: Price Co. Man Convicted of Killing Wife

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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A Price County man convicted of killing his wife is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

A Friday court hearing for William Rambo consolidated two open criminal cases. A judge ruled she would accept Rambo's Alford Plea of no contest. The plea means he is aware the court has enough evidence to convicted him, but says he is innocent.

Rambo, 47, told investigators he initially went to their home on August 22, 2013 to work out a deal about his current living situation. During an interview with police, William Rambo said Dawn had kicked him out of their house. William said he had been sleeping in vehicle as he did not qualify to stay at the homeless shelter because he had a criminal record.

William said he was at the house to work out a deal with Dawn so he could stay at the house. He said Dawn got up from the couch and he grabbed a knife. According to the criminal complaint, he said “What kind of deal do we have now?”

He said that's when a struggle began. William said was slashing and stabbing but was not aware he cut Dawn. He said then Dawn ran out their house and he did not chase her. He said he laid down on the couch and noticed blood on his arm.

The criminal complaint, based on statements from one of the Rambos neighbors, said Dawn ran to a nearby house where the neighbor called 911. When officers arrived, Dawn was sitting in a neighbor's kitchen with serious injuries. Officers knew they did not have time to wait for an ambulance and rushed her to the hospital.

Dispatch received the 911 call at 5:19 p.m. Dawn Rambo was pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:10 pm.

During an autopsy conducted in Minneapolis; the Ramsey County Medical Examiner said Dawn Rambo died of multiple sharp force injuries to the neck.

William Rambo initially told officers, “I've got nothing to hide. I did what I did.” William Rambo told officers the couple's son was not home at the time of the incident.

In Wisconsin, the charge of 1st degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory life sentence. Rambo's sentencing hearing will determine his parole eligibility.


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