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Posted at 9:23 am, June 10, 2024

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (Court TV/Scripps News Fort Myers) – A Florida man faces the death penalty if convicted of murdering two women.

Wade Wilson appears in court

Wade Wilson will appear in court on Monday, June 10, 2024. (Court TV)

Wade Wilson is charged in the 2019 deaths of 35-year-old Kristine Melton and 43-year-old Diane Ruiz. Melton was found dead in her Cape Coral home on October 7. That same day, Ruiz disappeared on her way to work. Her body was found three days later in a field behind a Sam’s Club.

In November 2019, Wilson was charged with several counts, including two counts of first-degree intentional murder. Court documents accuse Wilson of strangling the women.

At the time of the charges, Wilson was already in custody for assault. In October 2020, he was faced with additional charges after he and another inmate allegedly attempted to escape from prison.

While awaiting trial, Wilson contacted Scripps News Fort Myers on several occasions. In 2020, he told them “that he was previously associated with a high-level human trafficking ring and that he groomed women for them.” Wilson claimed the group was framing him for the murders as punishment for his attempted escape.

In a pre-trial motion, Wilson asked the court to use face makeup to cover his tattoos “which may be offensive to members of the potential jury.” The judge granted his request.


DAY 1 – 6/10/24

  • The prosecution makes its opening statement. The defense reserves its opening statement.

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