Southern California Murder Suspect Denies He’s in Montenegro to Dodge Arrest

Richard Henry Wall, inset, purchased this $2 million house on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro in 2017, just days before U.S. authorities named him as a suspect in the slayings of Rolling Hills Estates attorney Jeffrey Tidus and Whittier resident Juan Gabriel Mendez-Ramirez, who had worked for Wall's company. Wall also is a suspect in a Las Vegas killing, but he cannot be extradited from Montenegro. (Photo by Vladimir Otasevic)

A former Southern California businessman sought in connection with the ambush slaying of a Rolling Hills Estates lawyer and the home-invasion killing of a Whittier, Calif., man lives in a $2 million home along the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro, where the lack of an extradition treaty with the U.S. protects him from arrest.

Richard Henry Wall, 67, who was identified in 2017 as a suspect in the killings, as well as a homicide in Las Vegas, recently denied committing the crimes or that he fled Whittier for the Balkan nation to avoid prosecution.

FIJ grantees Larry Altman, Vladimir Otasevic and Sasa Lekovic’s full report can be found here.