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Florida man accused of rigging door to his home to electrocute pregnant wife

December 31, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida man accused of rigging door to his home to electrocute pregnant wife

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Florida man tried to rig front door of home in bizarre plot to electrocute wife

A man in Florida rigged the front door of his residence in a bizarre plot involving rigging a device to electrocute his estranged pregnant wife.

Police in Knoxville, Tennessee said 32-year-old Michael Wilson, attempted to cause his wife great bodily harm using the booby trap. He was taken into custody on Thursday, on charges of attempted aggravated battery on a pregnant person and theft of a gun.

“This is one of the most bizarre domestic cases I have seen,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly stated. “Not only did this man plan to electrocute his wife, but he could have injured a deputy or any person attempting to enter the residence. Thankfully this man was taken into custody before he could cause the harm he intended.”

Deputies were dispatched to the residence on Tuesday after Wilson’s father-in-law called 911.

He had called the police about suspicious statements made by his son-in-law about not letting a child touch the front door, sheriff’s spokesperson Brittany Kershaw said.

She added that deputies noticed that the front door seemed to be blocked and there were burn marks near the handle. When a deputy kicked the door, a large spark erupted.

“Based on observations made by the deputies, it was apparent that the suspect rigged electrical devices to the top lock and lower handle in an attempt to electrocute and cause bodily injury or even death to whoever attempted to unlock and open the front door,” she continued.

Deputies say Michael Wilson rigged the front door of a Palm Coast, Florida, home to electrocute his wife. (Flagler County Sheriff’s Office )

According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, when the father-in-law, Jon Flositz, went to the home with his wife, they discovered the word “Hi” and a drawing of two eyes in lipstick on the home’s sliding glass door.

He went to check on the house at his daughter’s request.

Ashley Wilson, 29, told authorities after his arrest that she filed for divorce on December 6th and that he was in a mental health facility at the end of November. She said he hadn’t returned to the residence since.

Wilson said that a little over a week ago, he called her apologizing for his absenteeism and wanted to get back together. She told him to come to Knoxville while visiting family for Christmas.

The intended victim told detectives that she got him a hotel room and he arrived on December 21st but left suddenly without explanation two days later. That was followed by texts accusing her of cheating on him.

Wilson had his Facebook status changed to “widowed

Wilson told cops didn’t speak to him until Christmas Eve and said she calmed him down. He said he had gone to visit family in Ohio, and she told him that he was welcome back in Tennessee where he came back that day.

The police report stated that when he returned, one comment he made concerned her. She said he told her when she returns home to “make sure you use the front door because the garage door is not going to open” and to make sure their child wasn’t with her because he didn’t want her getting hurt.

She then called her parents about her concerns.

The police report added that Wilson made the booby trap with chairs, tape, a rod, electrical cords, wiring cut from a bedroom lamp and a battery charge with clamps.

In the house, deputies recovered pictures of a sonogram on the kitchen table and love notes in the bedroom with a picture album showing Wilson and his wife together.

A deputy also found a Facebook account with Michael Wilson’s name and picture on it, in which his status had been changed to “widowed.”

The gun charge stemmed from the purported theft of a firearm that belonged to his father-in-law.

Wilson remains in custody on $150,000 bail and is facing extradition to Florida.

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