Michael Wilson, 32, is accused of an extraordinary crime in rigging his front door to electrocute his estranged, pregnant wife. Police found the booby trap and arrested Wilson, who is now charged with attempted aggravated battery on a pregnant person and theft of a firearm. (The gun charge is related to his taking his father-in-law’s gun from his wife’s house).
The father-in-law called police to report suspicious statements from Wilson. When they checked it out, they found this:
The booby trap was constructed with chairs, tape, a shower-type rod, electrical cords, wiring cut from a bedroom lamp and a battery source. Police spotted burn marks near the door handle and, when they kicked the door, there was a large spark.
Wilson was recently admitted to a mental hospital and accused his wife of cheating on him. He obtained a gun and wired up the house. She later got an alert that the smart cameras at the house had been disconnected. Wilson told her to be sure to enter the home through the front door because the garage door was broken. He also told her not to open the door with their daughter present because he did not want her hurt. That is when her stepfather checked the home. When the father-in-law, Jon Flositz, went to the house with his wife, they found the word “Hi” and a drawing of two eyes written in lipstick on the home’s sliding glass door.
Wilson’s facebook page could present an interesting evidentiary issue for trial. His page shows him gripping two handguns, and he boasts that he “is the guy that your father warned you about.” He also describes himself as “widowed.”
Most prosecutors would dearly love that little evidentiary item at trial though it sounds like Wilson’s best bet is a classic insanity defense.