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EX-WIFE BEGS MAN ACCUSED OF SLAYING TO GIVE HIMSELF UP

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The ex-wife of a man accused of murdering a sheriff in Colorado has issued a plea for him to surrender for his children's sake.

"I wish he'd give himself up," Marguerite Vredenburg said from her home in Murray. "I don't want to see any more lives lost, including his. His children don't want to lose their father."She and her ex-husband, Mark Vredenburg, have two boys, ages 4 and 2, and a daughter, age 7.

Mark Vredenburg became the target of a nationwide search when Hinsdale County Sheriff Roger Coursey was killed recently on a remote Rocky Mountain highway.

Coursey was investigating the attempted burglary of a bank and had stopped two people in a pickup truck. He was shot dead as he approached the vehicle.

His partner, Undersheriff Ray Balum, fired at the fleeing truck, which FBI agents later found riddled with bullets.

Police say the suspects had left undeveloped film in the truck. When developed, it showed Vredenburg, 31, with Denver resident Ruth Naomi Slater, 38. Both have been charged in the sheriff's murder.

"What our procedure is now is to simply try to track down any stolen cars. In a small town, we can do that," Hinsdale County search-and-rescue team leader Lyn Lampert said. "But really, there are no new leads."

Vredenburg has had several run-ins with the law. He was first convicted in 1985 for theft. Then, because he was an ex-felon, he received a 1-to-15 year prison sentence for carrying a revolver.

On June 21, he was on parole in Utah when he disappeared.