A guilty verdict for a La Pine man accused of killing his wife. Thursday, a Deschutes County judge convicted a La Pine man on two counts of aggravated murder; one count of murder and numerous abuse and drug charges in the killing of his wife. Brenda Middlekauff vanished in 2002 and was found three years later. Circuit Court Judge Stephen Tiktin heard the nearly two-month trial after Darrell Middlekauff, 48, waived the right to a jury trial. Eight years after Brenda Middlekauff's violent death, the verdicts brought some resolution for her family.