‘What if husband is upset you’re pregnant’: Wife’s last internet search before her husband bludgeoned her to death for asking him about his affair – as he’s sentenced to life without parole
- Beau Rothwell, 31, was found guilty in April of murdering Jennifer Rothwell, 28, after he confessed to the crime and its cover-up
- He dumped her naked corpse in the woods near Highway 61, then reported her missing, sent worried text messages to her cellphone, and joined search parties.
- Rothwell pleaded for a lesser manslaughter charge, saying he murdered his six-week-pregnant wife in a ‘red haze’ of anger
- Prosecution rejects manslaughter arguments and calls him a ‘meticulous planner’
A Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his pregnant wife after she confronted him about her affair and sought advice on how to deal with a spouse upset over pregnancy.
Beau Rothwell, 31, was sentenced to life without parole on Friday for the November 2019 murder of Jennifer Rothwell, 28, by bludgeoning her with a mallet during an argument over an unidentified woman he was with. had an affair.
Rothwell, who was convicted in April, was also sentenced to four years for tampering with evidence and another four for abandoning a corpse.
Although Rothwell’s defense said the murder was not premeditated and attempted to plead for a lesser manslaughter charge, St. Louis County District Attorney Wesley Bell said the hefty murder conviction was exactly what they were looking for.
“We first published this murder case and, as stated in today’s sentencing, we never made any further offers,” Bell said after sentencing, “It was not a option.” We felt that this individual should be held accountable for his actions and that is what we intended to do.
Rothwell admitted to killing his wife in court and apologized to her family during his sentencing.
“To Jennifer’s family, words cannot describe how sorry I am. It should never have happened,” he said.
Beau Rothwell, 31, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his pregnant wife
Rothwell was convicted in April of murdering his wife Jennifer Rothwell, 28 (above) by bludgeoning her with a mallet during an argument over a woman he was having an affair with
Rothwell testified that on November 11, 2019, he and his wife had an argument about an affair he was having with another woman and her pregnancy.
He confessed to hitting the back of her head with a mallet, which sent her stumbling towards the garage of their home. He said he followed her and continued to attack her, eventually killing her.
Jennifer was six weeks pregnant at the time of her murder.
“In the heat of the moment I hit her again,” he told the court, “I think I cracked her skull.” She fell unconscious and fell down the stairs.
Rothwell then attempted to cover up the random murder. He bought cleaning supplies and attempted to bleach his dead wife’s blood from the house. He drove his car to an intersection and abandoned it there, and dumped a bloodstained tarp and the cleaning supplies together in a nearby dumpster.
Rothwell testified that he went into “panic mode” following the murder.
He dumped her naked corpse in the woods near Highway 61, then reported her missing, sent worried texts to her cell phone, and joined a search party.
It took authorities just one day to identify still-wet bleach and blood in the couple’s home and arrest Rothwell. Jennifer’s body was found a week later on November 19.
The couple in happier times. Rothwell testified he went into ‘panic mode’ after murdering his wife and tried to cover up the murder
“In the heat of the moment I hit her again,” Rothwell told the court, “I think I cracked her skull.” She fell unconscious and fell down the stairs’
Although Rothwell testified that the murder took place in a ‘red haze’ of anger and was in ‘panic mode’ as he covered it up, the prosecution dismissed manslaughter arguments and called him a ‘meticulous planner’.
They showed jurors texts between Rothwell and his lover, and a list of pros and cons he wrote about leaving his wife, who was then about six weeks pregnant.
Jennifer’s mother, Robin Von Hausen, made an emotional statement in court, saying “Jennifer was a shining light in our lives.” We thought we would be over 28 with her. Gone are the days of joy with friends and family.’