Wade Wilson should be put to death for the double murder for which the jury couldn’t agree

Wade Wilson should be put to death for the double murder for which the jury couldn't agree

Following the punishment phase of the trial, the jury in the Wade Wilson double homicide case recommended an execution sentence for the murders of Diane Ruiz and Kristine Melton this afternoon. On June 12, 2024, Wilson was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder by the same jury. In addition, he was found guilty of first-degree petit theft, battery, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and burglary of a dwelling. The State Attorney’s Office Homicide Unit’s assistant state attorneys, Sara Miller and Andreas Gardiner, prosecuted the case.


The murders happened on October 7, 2019, in Cape Coral. Wilson attacked Kristine Melton while she slept in her bed, strangling her to death. Then he went to meet his girlfriend and attacked her after robbing her of her car from her Cape Coral residence. She called law enforcement right away.

The defendant noticed Diane Ruiz strolling down a Cape Coral street shortly after that. He asked for directions, pulled over, and enticed her into the car. After beating and strangling her, he finally forced her out of the car and ran her over several times.


The suspect was identified and taken into custody after investigations by the police departments in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. On July 23, 2024, the Honorable Judge Nick Thompson scheduled the case for an evidentiary hearing, also referred to as a Spencer hearing. The parties may submit further evidence and argue their case for or against the punishment at this hearing.

The State will ask the judge to condemn the defendant to death.


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