Florida man acquitted of attempted murder by electrocution

Posted at 9:34 AM, Jun 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-23 09:34:00-04

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a Florida man of attempted murder in what investigators called a plot to electrocute his estranged wife by rigging their front door with wires.

The Daytona Beach News Journal reported Saturday that jury did convict 33-year-old Michael Wilson of stealing a gun from the home and of misdemeanor attempted battery against Ashley Wilson, who was pregnant at the time.

Prosecutors said the December 2017 scheme involved rigging a makeshift electrical conduit at their home. Ashley Wilson never touched the door and became suspicious when he told her not to let their daughter near it.

Michael Wilson testified he set up the trap because video surveillance cameras were missing. He faces up to six years in prison when sentenced in August.