FLORENCE — The murder case against an Apache Junction man who allegedly shot and killed his wife and their dog has been dismissed because the man has died.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, the case against Greg Head, 66, was dismissed with prejudice on Nov. 10 at the request of the Pinal County Attorney’s Office after Head died. Court records do not list a date for Head’s death.

In March, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office requested that Head be released from jail and sent to a hospital due to his deteriorating health and his increased risk of catching COVID-19. At the time, Head was on a breathing tube and required 24-hour medical supervision. The County Attorney’s Office reserved the right to reconsider releasing Head, if his health improved. A stepdaughter of Head protested his release at the time.

Head was booked into the county jail in October 2019 on first-degree premeditated murder. According to Apache Junction Police records, police received a 911 call from a man at 10:07 p.m. on Oct. 5, 2019, stating that he had shot his wife and dog.

When officers arrived they found the body of Patricia Cude, 66, and the dog shot to death.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.