Man Tries to Electrocute Pregnant Wife, Changes Facebook Status to 'Widowed'

A man from Florida was accused of attempting to kill his wife after he wired the front door of their home to a car battery charger in an attempt to electrocute his wife. Flagler County Sheriff’s investigators said Michael Wilson, 32, is being accused of trying to kill his wife after he attached electrical devices inside of the deadbolt lock and to the door handle of their home, according to an affidavit.

Wilson was arrested Thursday in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has been charged with two counts of attempted aggravated battery on a pregnant person and one count of grand theft of a firearm. Wilson’s plan was to have his wife stick her key in the lock and have her grab the handle of the door, which would have killed her. Luckily, Wilson’s wife was in Tennessee at the time of the incident and never touched the rigged doorknob.

Her stepfather, Jon Flositz, became suspicious of his stepdaughter’s husband after Wilson told his child not to touch the doorknob. Flositz and his wife, Alissa, went to examine the house and found the word “Hi” and a drawing of two eyes in lipstick on the back sliding door, according to the deputy’s report.

Flositz immediately contacted authorities. When they arrived, police saw the front door was barricaded and locked, and there were burn marks near the handle. A deputy kicked in the door and sent off a large spark. Inside, authorities found an elaborate booby trap consisting of two chairs, a child’s high chair, blue tape, a shower-type rod, electrical cords, wiring—some of which was cut from a bedroom salt rock lamp—and a car battery charger with clamps.

“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” Sheriff Rick Staley told the Daytona Beach News-Journal in a statement. “Not only did this man try to electrocute his wife, but he could have injured a deputy or any person attempting to enter this residence. Thankfully this man was found and taken into custody before he could cause the harm he intended.”

Authorities also found random, strange items lying around the house, including sonogram pictures on the kitchen table, sticky-note love letters in the bedroom with a photo album of the couple together and recently-installed smart cameras in the toilet.

According to the report, the wife, who did not disclose her name, said her husband became sick and refused to look for help. He was hospitalized earlier this year under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows someone to be involuntarily taken in to be mentally evaluated. While he was hospitalized, the wife obtained a gun from her stepfather and installed the smart-cameras in their home.

Wilson apologized to his wife and she invited him to spend the holidays in Tennessee. He arrived in Knoxville on December 21, but abruptly left the next evening and accused his wife of cheating on him. When he returned on Christmas Eve, his wife said she received an alert on her phone that the cameras in their Florida home were disconnected. He also suggested to her that she “use the front door of the home because the garage door isn’t going to open.”

Wilson's Facebook page, where he is listed as "widowed," shows him holding two handguns bragging that he “is the guy that your father warned you about.”

He was being held on $150,000 bail.

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