An Indiana man accused of murdering his cancer-stricken spouse received a township board main election whereas in jail for the brutal slaying.
Andrew Wilhoite — who was charged in March with murdering 41-year-old Elizabeth “Nikki” Wilhoite, allegedly utilizing a concrete flower pot — is one among three Republicans who secured a spot Tuesday in November’s election for the Clinton Township Board, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Wilhoite, 40, of Lebanon, has been in custody on the Boone County Jail since he instructed investigators he threw the flower pot at his spouse’s head and dumped her physique over the facet of a bridge. He’s subsequent due in court docket on May 27, in line with the newspaper.
The township’s boards encompass three members and solely three candidates entered the Republican area, whereas nobody filed to run on the Democratic ticket. Wilhoite garnered 60 votes, in comparison with his rivals’ 110 and 106 votes, stats cited by the newspaper present.
Anyone going through felony prices can nonetheless run for native workplace, however they turn out to be ineligible upon conviction, state election officers instructed the newspaper.
“Under our legal system, every person is innocent until proven guilty,” stated Brad King, co-director of the Indiana Election Division. “If a candidate is ultimately convicted, then depending upon the timing of that conviction, the person can be replaced on the ballot by the political party that has a vacancy.”
But King famous there’s no legislation barring anybody who’s jailed forward of trial from “exercising the duties of their office” in the event that they get elected.
“How that practically gets executed will depend on the facts,” King instructed the newspaper.
Court paperwork obtained by WTHR present investigators discovered traces of blood within the couple’s dwelling after Nikki Wilhoite failed to indicate as much as work at a Zionsville oral surgeon’s workplace.
Andrew Wilhoite instructed cops his spouse had filed for divorce and that they’d been arguing about his extramarital affair, claiming he had slept on the sofa and didn’t see her when leaving for work, WTHR reported.
But Wilhoite later modified his model of occasions, finally admitting to cops that he hit his spouse on the top with a flower pot after which drove her physique in his pickup truck to a Boone County bridge the place he dumped it, court docket paperwork present.
A pal of Nikki Wilhoite stated she had simply completed her ultimate chemotherapy therapy for breast most cancers, WTHR reported.
Andrew Wilhoite’s trial is predicted to start in August, though is more likely to be delayed if there’s not a plea deal within the case, in line with the station.
Wilhoite’s lawyer didn’t return a message in search of remark, the Indianapolis Star reported.