Man pleads not guilty in murder of wife

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to raping and murdering his estranged wife.

Robert Dorr, 52, is accused of shooting Gail Dorr in the back as she fled toward the office of a Spenard gas station.

An Anchorage grand jury Friday returned a six-count indictment against Dorr.

After killing his wife, Dorr shot himself twice in the neck, according to police accounts. He has since recovered.

Dorr remains jailed awaiting trial on kidnapping, sexual assault, murder and gun misconduct charges.

Charging documents said Dorr and his wife had been separated for about two weeks on Oct. 28 when he showed up at her home sometime after 4 a.m.

Witnesses told police Gail Dorr made a hysterical call to a friend about that time, saying Robert was outside and would not let her leave.

Dorr said his wife eventually let him in and the two had consensual sex. Medical examiner Franc Fallico said injuries to Gail Dorr were consistent with sexual assault.

Dorr told police the two decided to go to his apartment. He sat in the passenger seat with the gun in his hand under a towel.

Gail Dorr pulled into a Tesoro station, saying she wanted to get a newspaper. He told her not to but she continued into the parking lot of the station, got out of the truck and started running toward the office, according to the police account.

Dorr told police what happened next was ''a blur,'' although he acknowledged shooting himself. Witnesses, including passers-by and Tesoro employees who dived for cover as bullets shattered the station's front door and hit a window, said Dorr shot his wife several times as she ran.

The case is set for trial Sept. 15.

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