When the couple in Lebanon, India, got into a local dispute in late March, Andrew Wilhoit “hit her in the head” with a gallon-sized flower pot, put her in his car and dumped her body into a nearby stream, according to the Indiana State Police.
Despite the circumstances surrounding his wife’s murder, Wilhoit — who initially lied about her whereabouts but later admitted to killing her after she attacked him, prosecutors said — won Tuesday’s Republican primary for one of the three open seats on Clinton’s town council.
Election data Offers that Wilhoit received 60 votes, while two other Republican candidates for the three seats received 106 and 100 votes. There were no Democratic candidates on the ballot in the Clinton town hall primary, but non-Republican candidates could still hold the ballot by November, WXIN-FOX59 mentioned.
Wilhoit, whose age was identified as 39 in an Indiana State Police statement released in March, has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Boone County Jail without bond. If convicted, he could face life imprisonment, or even the death penalty, according to State Law.
Willowt’s jury trial is set to begin in late August, and his name will be removed from the ballot if convicted of a felony before the November 8 general election. He also has the option to have his name removed from the ballot before July. 15 But they didn’t until early Friday, records show.
Wilhoite’s attorney is not on court records. Clinton’s town council did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Friday.
Andrew Wilhoit raised cattle in Lebanon, about 28 miles outside of Indianapolis, according to the reporter. Help run the family business, Wilhoite Family Farms. Nikki Wilhoit worked in dentistry, she says obituary.
On March 18, Nikki Wilhoit filed for legal separation in Boone County Court after finding out that her husband cheated on her, according to court records. That same week, she documented, she finished her last round of chemotherapy for breast cancer, which she had been diagnosed with the previous fall.
On the day she officially asked to break up with him, Andrew Wilhoit posted a picture of his smiling wife of 12 years, expressing his support for her while she was undergoing cancer treatment.
“This lady just finished her last round of chemotherapy today,” Wilhoit wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone private. “Very proud of you.”
The decadent marriage became more fragile after about a week. The farmer told authorities that his wife initially attacked him on March 24 and yelled at him to leave the house, but he pushed her out the front door. Willowt said that when she attacked him around 10 p.m., he reached for a concrete flower pot in the dirt and hit her with it, according to the affidavit.
“Andrew was asked if Elizabeth was still breathing, and Andrew stated he didn’t know because he didn’t check,” police wrote.
Not knowing what to do, Willought put his wife in his truck and drove to Ross Deitch, Indiana State Police Detective Adam Boyle wrote. From there, “Andrew described driving his car to a bridge over the creek and throwing it over the wall and into the creek,” according to police. The affidavit says he dumped the broken planter along the highway while delivering corn.
After Nikki Wilhoit did not report the business, investigators were called to investigate her whereabouts on March 25.
The Bonn County Sheriff’s Office said new version about initial efforts. “The investigation eventually evolved into a possible murder investigation.” Since Andrew Wilhoit’s mother is a member of the county council, the sheriff’s office She said She asked the state police to conduct the investigation to avoid a conflict of interest.
Authorities found traces of blood in the couple’s bedroom, and Willuitt admitted they had been arguing about his extramarital affair. But the farmer initially told investigators that he slept on the sofa and did not see his wife before leaving for work the next morning, according to authorities.
When the investigators continued to question him and his relatives on the farm, he eventually asked to speak to a lawyer, WTHR TV reported. At that point, Wilhoit changed his version of events, admitting that he hit her on the head with a sower and threw her body into the stream. At around 3 a.m. on March 26, Indiana State Police said they recovered Nikki Wilhoit’s body “partially submerged in nearly three feet of water” after Andrew Wilhoit told officers where to find her.
“All indications are that she died at home,” Boone County District Attorney Kent Eastwood said in March. “Nothing indicates that it sank.”
The coroner later confirmed that she had died as a result of the blow to her head.
The news shook the rural community. Nikki Wilhoit’s obituary lists her husband not as her husband but as the “father of her children”. Neighbor Laura Vaughn told WXIN in March that if Andrew Wilhoit was guilty, “he should pay very badly for what he did to his wife and mother of his children.”
“How can you do that to the mother of your children?” She said.
Although Willowett is facing a murder charge, that didn’t stop his candidacy for town council. Brad King, co-director of the bipartisan Indiana Elections Division, told Tribune Star.
“There is no legal reason why he cannot run,” King said. Under our system, you are innocent until proven guilty. If a person is convicted of a felony, he will no longer be eligible to run and will not be eligible to take office.”
Bonn County Republican President Debbie Oettinger told outlets she did not remember the time an imprisoned candidate won the primaries.
“Hopefully he’ll ask to be taken off the ballot and we can just replace him, but I don’t know if anyone has talked to him about that,” she said.