You can’t make this sh*t up.
A man who is currently sitting in a jail cell after being charged with killing his wife just won a local GOP primary in Indiana and will now be on the November ballot for his local school board.
40-year-old Andrew Wilhoite is one of three Republicans running for the Clinton Township Board. In March, he was arrested and charged with murdering his wife, Elizabeth Wilhoite. But that didn’t stop voters from advancing him in their local election this week.
Man accused of killing his wife wins G?P primary from jail
Andrew Wilhoite won his G?P primary this week in Indiana despite being charged with murder
You can't make this stuff up
— Gary Gelormino™???? Fighting evil since 1958™ (@OleGelo5) May 6, 2022
According to the Indy Star, people charged with felonies are still eligible to run for local office in Indiana. They are only ineligible if convicted.
“Under our legal system, every person is innocent until proven guilty,” Brad King, co-director of the Indiana Election Division, tells the newspaper. “If a candidate is ultimately convicted, then depending upon the timing of that conviction, the person can be replaced on the ballot by the political party that has a vacancy.”
Today’s GOP. Republican candidate Andrew Wilhoite won the Indiana primary he was running in AFTER he was arrested and charged with murdering his cancer-stricken wife. Indiana election official: “There’s no legal reason he can’t be a candidate.” pic.twitter.com/sgCDlpVNx6
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) May 6, 2022
Wilhoite is accused of killing his wife, who was undergoing chemotherapy at the time, a week after Easter by hitting her in the head with a concrete flower pot and throwing her body off a bridge and into a creek not far from the couple’s home, where they lived with their three children.
“During the course of a domestic dispute, [then] 39-year-old Andrew N. Wilhoite, Elizabeth’s husband, had allegedly struck her in the head with a blunt object causing her to lose consciousness,” police said in a statement, adding: “He then placed her into a vehicle and drove to a nearby creek where he dumped her body.”
Court documents show that Wilhoite initially lied to detectives before eventually admitting to killing his wife during an argument about his extramarital affair, which happened while she was being treated for cancer.
Gotta love those good, old-fashioned Republican family values!