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Suspect in 2 killings surrenders

(ran ET edition of TAMPA TODAY)

A California woman wanted for questioning in the slayings of a landscape artist from Florida and his female companion in a northern Arizona trailer home has surrendered, authorities said Friday.

Elizabeth Garrow, 68, of San Diego turned herself in to Yavapai County sheriff's deputies here late Thursday night, said Lt. Kathy McLaughlin, a sheriff's spokeswoman.

After an initial court appearance Friday, Garrow was held on $100,000 bond on suspicion of homicide, armed burglary and theft of a firearm.

The bodies of Russell K. Moreton, 65, and Lillian Rodgers, 48, were found Oct. 8 in Moreton's trailer home in Williamson Valley, a rural neighborhood about five miles north of Prescott.

An autopsy showed each victim had been shot twice and likely had been dead for one week before their bodies were found.

A friend of Moreton discovered the corpses after becoming alarmed that the artist had not been showing up at his favorite coffee shop.

Authorities said Moreton, a highly regarded landscape artist from Palmetto, apparently had been traveling across the country with Rodgers.

Rodgers also was from Palmetto, south of St. Petersburg.

Neighbors said Moreton had spent about a month or two a year in his Williamson Valley trailer home for the past 20 years.

McLaughlin said Garrow had been married at one time to Moreton, although it was not immediately clear if the couple ever divorced.

Interviews with members of the Moreton family led authorities to suspect Garrow, according to McLaughlin.

"They apparently had recently broken up and there was a lot of animosity between them," said McLaughlin, adding that a warrant for Garrow's arrest was issued Tuesday.

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