Fugitive Pedro Argote, who allegedly shot and killed a Maryland judge that had awarded custody of his four children to his wife, was discovered deceased more than a week after the incident.

Around 11 a.m., Argote’s body was found in a densely wooded area located between Clear Spring and Bottom roads in the Williamsport area, according to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

This location is approximately one mile from where Argote had left his 2009 Mercedes GL450 after the fatal shooting, as stated in the press release. However, the authorities did not disclose the specific cause of his death.

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The incident began when Maryland Circuit Court Judge Andrew Wilkinson granted Argote’s wife a divorce and full custody of their four children after hearing disturbing testimony of abuse. During the court proceedings, his wife detailed instances of abuse, including an incident where he had reportedly stuffed a towel into their crying baby’s mouth.

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Argote, aged 49, did not attend the court hearing and was subsequently prohibited from contacting his children or visiting the family home.