Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Man Accused of Killing Two Women

Wade Wilson’s haughty behavior at his murder trial in June 2024 drew attention from the public. He was eventually found guilty of the murder of two women. 

Wilson,  from Fort Myers, Florida, has an abundance of tattoos in the years after his 2019 arrest, including swastikas and suture marks around his lips. At the trial, Wilson’s lawyers reportedly requested that he wear street clothing to cover up his offensive tattoos.

Even though the court approved the request, Wilson seemed to pass on the chance to do so. He wore civilian clothing instead of the prison-issued jumpsuit throughout the trial, but all of his facial tattoos were visible.

In October 2019, Wilson faced murder charges in Cape Coral, Florida, for the deaths of Diane Ruiz and Kristine Melton.

On October 7, 2019, Melton’s body was discovered inside her residence. On the same day, Diane Ruiz was walking the short distance to the Moose Lodge, where she worked.  According to the prosecution, Wilson pretended to be lost and needed directions to a high school. He allegedly begged Ruiz to accompany him in the vehicle and give him the rundown on how to reach the destination. Whether or not she voluntarily got inside the automobile is unknown.

According to the prosecution, Wilson suffocated Ruiz while driving the vehicle. He pushed her out of the car after entering into a vacant lot. When Wilson saw that Ruiz was still breathing, he said he ran over her body so many times that she “looked like spaghetti.” Detectives captured this description during a questioning in the prison.

Ruiz was declared missing. She was found in a field behind a Sam’s Club on October 10, 2019. 

The trial of Wilson started on June 10, 2024, with forensic psychologists and friends and relatives of Ruiz and Melton presenting their cases to the jury. The jury deliberated for only thirteen days before reaching a guilty verdict on Wilson’s two charges of first-degree murder and recommending the death penalty. On July 23, 2024, sentencing will take place for Wilson, but the judge hearing the matter will have the last word.