A man from the state of Indiana (USA), accused of killing his wife, won the local primary elections while in jail, inform local media.
Andrew Wilhoite, 40, suspected of hitting Elizabeth Wilhoite, 41, in the head with a blunt object and currently being held in Boone County Jail without bail, won the May 3 Republican primary. to the position on the Clinton Township Board.
According to the election results, Wilhoite became one of the Republican winners, since the municipal boards are made up of three members. He obtained 60 of the 276 total votes, that is, almost 22%, while two other candidates received 110 and 106 votes.
Despite the charges, he has a legal right to run for local elections, as Indiana law prevents a person from running only if they have already been convicted, officials with the State Election Commission said.
“Under our legal system, everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty,” said Brad King, co-director of the Indiana Division of Elections. “If a candidate is ultimately convicted, depending on the timing of the conviction, he may be replaced on the ballot.”
Wilhoite was arrested last March for the murder of his wife, who had cancer. I also know informa The woman had filed for divorce. According to police reports, the man confessed to officers that he dumped his body into a nearby creek. The next court hearing in the case will be held on May 27.