PERU, Ind. (WLFI) – A Peru man is accused of trying to kill his ex-wife who is a Lafayette resident.
Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller said Gregory Konrath, 48, called deputies on July 4 to come check on his live-in girlfriend, who he said was making suicidal statements. When deputies arrived at the home on North Lincoln Street in Peru, the girlfriend told them she was not suicidal, but that Konrath was planning to kill his ex-wife.
Detectives were contacted and evidence indicated that Konrath planned to manipulate evidence to look like his ex-wife’s death was a suicide.
Deputies said the girlfriend had recorded conversations with Konrath. He said he need the girlfriend to be his alibi. He wanted her to lie to detectives and tell them he had been home with her at the time of the murder.
In the recordings, Konrath also mentioned he wanted to use hollow point ammunition during the murder. He said the ammunition would not penetrate the skull a second time, which would cause more damage. He also talked about wearing two layers of clothing so the top layer could easily be taken off. He even picked out the dumpster that he would use to get rid of the clothing.
Konrath then went on to tell his girlfriend he did some research on his phone for his plan then got rid of the phone.
Konrath went on to tell his girlfriend that he took the gun to a range. He said he had not handled the gun without gloves in order to prevent the gun from being traced to him.
Detectives were able to find a loaded .38 caliber revolver with hollow-point ammunition and bag of clothing and gloves mentioned in the recordings in his garage.
Konrath agreed to be interviewed and confirmed details of the plot. He was arrested Tuesday on a charge of attempted murder. His bond was set at $250,000.
Konrath was featured on News 18 in 2009 after he climbed the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents.
Konrath was an orthopedic surgeon at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru. Before that he is listed online as working at Lafayette Orthopedic Clinic, a part of Unity Healthcare. Unity Healthcare declined to comment on his employment status to News 18 Thursday.
News 18 also talked to Konrath’s ex-wife Thursday. She refused an on camera interview because she said she wants to protect their children. She did tell us they filed for divorce in 2008 and said it was final in 2010.
Miller said this is an on-going investigation being conducted by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office with help from the Indiana State Police, the Lafayette Police Department, and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office.