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Albany man pleads no contest to murder of ex-wife

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William Russell McDonald, jail booking photo William Russell McDonald, jail booking photo
ALBANY, OR (KPTV) -

An Albany man pleaded no contest to murdering his ex-wife.

William Russell McDonald, 58, entered his plea in court last week. He was arrested in September 2015 on charges of murder and felon in possession of a firearm.

Investigators said a 911 call was made from a home on Southeast Scravel Hill Road and someone was heard yelling in the background.

The line disconnected, but a man then called 911 again from the home and told dispatchers he killed someone.

Deputies arrived at the scene and found McDonald in the driveway.

The body of his ex-wife, 54-year-old Vera Converse, was found inside the home.

A motive for the killing was not released. Deputies said the couple divorced in 1994, but McDonald had been caring for Converse for five years and lived in a motorhome on the property.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 22.  

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