Michael L. Selleneit, 54, appears to have decided that his defense to shooting a neighbor was not particularly promising. After Selleneit shot Tony Pierce, 41, who lived in a nearby trailer, he claimed to have acted in defense of his wife who was being “telepathically” raped by Pierce.
Selleneit has now pleaded guilty last week to attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony. Selleneit said that he decided to stop the telepathic rapes by shooting Pierce multiple times while he was working in his yard. Curiously, an insanity defense did not appear an option.
Selleneit claimed for years that Pierce began by “telepathically threatening he and his wife” and then telepathically raped his wife. Nevertheless, 2nd District Judge Thomas Kay found him to be competent. However, his wife was found incompetent to stand trial and sent to a Utah State hospital.
Selleneit’s wife, Meloney Toone Selleneit, is accused of buying the gun for him and encouraging him to “go for it” before he shot Pierce. She is charged with criminal solicitation and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.
Source: Deseret News