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Post by CritterFan1 on Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:08 pm

82 year old Albert Wilding who has previously served time for the savage slaying of his mother-in-law has pleaded guilty to killing his wife in a deal with prosecutors that will have him out of prison in just 2 1/2 years.

Just before his trial was to begin, Albert Wilding admitted in federal court Monday that he killed his wife, Judie Wilding, 55, on April 1, 2000, and disposed of her body.

"The guilty plea ... is a result of years of dedicated teamwork by many agencies ... who followed new leads and fought in court to see that this killer would be brought to justice," said Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

Judie Wilding went missing in 2000. Her husband has pleaded guilty to killing her in a deal with prosecutors that will have him out of prison in 2 1/2 years.

Wilding and his wife of 20 years were owners of a pet store in Montgomery. The couple had been having problems and employees of the store, who had witnessed Wilding in "rages against his wife," became concerned when she did not show up for work on April 2, 2000, prosecutors said.

When authorities went to question Wilding, he told them his wife was angry with him and had left their home voluntarily. Wilding said his wife had taken some of her possessions with her, including her wedding rings, driver's license, credit cards and family photos.

The Montgomery Police Department executed a warrant to search the couple's home, and they found Judie Wilding's identification and credit cards in her bedroom. Despite this inconsistency, authorities did not have enough evidence to suggest foul play.

For the next five years, Wilding made regular payments on his wife's insurance policies, totaling about $30,000. When Judie Wilding was declared dead in 2005, her husband cashed in the policies and collected $815,000.

But authorities weren't satisfied with the outcome of the case, and they hadn't forgotten that her husband had a criminal record.

In 1970, Wilding admitted killing his mother-in-law in her Louisville, Ky., home. Wilding said he attacked Marie Wayne in her kitchen, struck her with a blunt object, choked her and stabbed her multiple times with an ice pick.

Kentucky authorities alleged that Wilding wanted to collect insurance money on his mother-in-law.

Wilding pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 21 years in prison. He served roughly a year behind bars before then Kentucky Gov. Louie Nunn commuted his sentence, though it's not clear exactly why. Wilding left Kentucky and married Judie.

In 2008, Bob Fleming, a former prosecutor who had worked on Wilding's case, expressed anger about the amount of time Wilding served for Wayne's slaying.

"He got away with murder," Fleming told Louisville's WAVE 3. "He should have done every day [of his sentence]."

Judie Wilding's brothers, Ken and Bob Richards, were afraid their sister's case would fall by the wayside. They wrote a letter to Strange's office and asked for help. Shortly afterward, the attorney general's office took over the case, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

In August 2008, the attorney general's office presented the case to a Montgomery County grand jury and obtained an indictment for Wilding, charging him with capital murder. He was ordered held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

Wilding's attorney, Joe Espy, maintained the state's case was "smoke and mirrors" and that there was no evidence a crime had been committed since investigators never found a body, Montgomery's WSFA 12 reported.

Investigators, however, learned Wilding had opened a safe deposit box after he learned of the renewed investigation by the attorney general's office. When investigators gained access to the box, they found two key pieces of evidence inside -- Judie Wilding's missing engagement and wedding rings.

Wilding's capital murder trial was scheduled to start Monday. However, minutes before it was set to begin, he agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Wilding told the court that he found his wife packing a suitcase and that he tried to stop her. He said she had a gun and that when he attempted to take the weapon from her, it accidentally went off, killing her.

Rather than call for help, Wilding said he dragged his wife's body into the bathroom and put her in the bathtub. He said he burned her body the following day and disposed of her remains in numerous places around Lake Martin.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Wilding was sentenced to 20 years, which was split so he can serve five years imprisonment followed by five years of supervised probation. Wilding was given credit for time served. As a result, he will be freed in 2 1/2 years.

"The reason he pled, he didn't want to face the possibility of life without parole," Don Veleska, the chief prosecutor for the Alabama Attorney General's office, told WAVE3.

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Judie Wilding went missing in 2000. Her husband has pleaded guilty to killing her in a deal with prosecutors that will have him out of prison in 2 1/2 years.
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Post by raine1953 on Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:30 am

Man convicted of mother-in-law's murder admits killing his wife years after her death


It's a story that reads like a movie script. A man convicted of a brutal murder in Kentucky served only one year of a 21-year sentence. When the Commonwealth set Albert Wilding free decades ago, he moved away, remarried and his new wife suddenly disappeared. For more than a decade, Wilding denied killing her, but that all changed this week.

Albert Wilding is now 82 years old. Those who have followed his case in Kentucky and Alabama over the years say Wilding made a career of killing for insurance money and getting away with it. Bob Fleming, the former Assistant Commonwealth Attorney who tried to put him away the first time in Jefferson County, says he can't believe Wilding finally admitted he did it.

"The reason he pled, he didn't want to face the possibility of life without parole," said Don Veleska, the chief prosecutor for the Alabama Attorney General's.

Fleming thought he'd never see the day.

"I was surprised that he admitted that he did it," Fleming said.

Fleming helped put Wilding away the first time in the 70s, after he murdered his mother-in law, Marie Wayne, in brutal fashion in her home off Eastern Parkway. In a letter, Wilding admitted to his wife he attacked Wayne in the kitchen, broke a bottle over her head, choked her then repeatedly stabbed her corpse with an ice pick. He hoped police would think it was a break-in and his wife could collect the insurance money. Instead, his wife went to police.

"The guy is a sociopath criminal," said Fleming. "He has no conscience whatsoever."

Wilding was supposed to serve 21 years behind bars in Kentucky, but former Governor Louie Nunn commuted his sentence after just one year.

"It was aggravating," Fleming remembered.

In 2000, Wilding's new wife, Jodie, went missing. Later, Wilding collected $800,000 in insurance. Eight years later, in 2008, Alabama authorities charged him with murder. Fleming told us then he knew Wilding was guilty, but Wilding continued to maintain his innocence.

Prosecutors say to make a deal, Wilding admitted Feb. 7 that he shot his wife, then burned her body and put her remains around a wooded lake.

"The way he disposed of the body is really just indicative that the guy had no morals whatsoever," Fleming said of the second killing.

With no body and no crime scene, the deal for Wilding is five years in prison and with time served he has two-and-a-half years to go.

"You know the criminal justice system isn't perfect," said Fleming. "It's a good one - best in the world - but he's one of the guys that was lucky enough to be able to play the system."

The victim's family told reporters in Alabama they wanted to see Wilding behind bars for the rest of his life, but understand that with no physical evidence, the deal for manslaughter was better than nothing.

Wilding will also get five years of supervised probation which he is released from prison.

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Post by Guest on Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:32 am

Wilding pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 21 years in prison. He served roughly a year behind bars before then Kentucky Gov. Louie Nunn commuted his sentence, though it's not clear exactly why. Wilding left Kentucky and married Judie.
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Post by Praying For Faith on Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:23 pm

I agree All all for the Insurance Money.

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