Leslie Mueller and her husband of 27 years Fred Mueller lived with their children Alex, Ariel, and Amanda in San Angelo, Texas. Mueller was an OB/GYN, Fred ran a metals business. The family was able to afford and enjoy a vacation house in the mountains of Colorado. They traveled there a few times a year. On May 3, 2008, the family was in Colorado. After going to church, Fred and Leslie went for a hike. Fred took some photos of Leslie with the dog. She was kneeling in the Cottonwood Creek when, according to Fred, Leslie fell and “did a swan dive,” landing on big rocks and then going downstream. Fred called for help. They found her body “wedged under a tree” about 50 yards from where Fred said she fell in.
Two years later, Fred remarried a longtime family friend, Wendee Walker. Two years after that, the Colorado authories arrested Fred Mueller for the murder of his wife Leslie. Fred Mueller’s children and Leslie’s parents believe Fred is innocent. His first trial started in January 2013. It was a hung jury. It wasn’t clear how he might have killed Leslie. The second trial – during which he was accused of drowning his wife — started eight months later. Fred hired a new attorney for the second trial, Pamela Mackey, who defended NBA star Kobe Bryant in his 2003 sexual assault trial. The trial produced another hung jury. With no new evidence, CBS News reports there will be no third trial. The Muellers — “grateful the case has been dismissed” — sat down with 48 Hours. TLC will air the episode again on October 15 at 8pm.