Pedro Argote (Photo: US Marshals)

HAGERSTOWN, MD — Pedro Argote was not in the courtroom last Thursday when a Maryland judge granted his wife a divorce and sole custody of their four children, citing “shocking” testimony about abuse in the family.

The Associated Press reports Judge Andrew Wilkinson ruled against Argote after hearing testimony from his wife and an adult daughter, who said he tried to conrol every aspect of their lives and kept them isolated, subjecting them to acts of violence in recent years.

Investigators say Argote showed up at Judge Andrew Wilkinson’s home later that day and shot him to death in his driveway.

Funeral services have been announced for the slain judge.

Argote remains at large.  You can read more information about the suspect here.