The case of a 30-year-old Minot State University nursing student who was found dead in Minot has officially gone to trial.
Jurors heard opening statements this morning in the case against Richie Wilder, who is accused of murdering his ex-wife, Angila Wilder.
(Were you looking forward to a future with her?) “Yeah.” (Were you going to have other children?) “We were.” (Angila was in fact, pregnant wasn’t she?) “Pregnant. Yeah.”
(Tim Olson, KX News) Those are the words of Christopher Jackson, the on-again-off-again boyfriend of Angila Wilder, who was found dead in her Minot home on November 13th, 2015.
Jackson was one of the first to take the stand in the trial of Richie Wilder, Angila’s ex-husband, who is accused of her murder.
(Kerry Rosenquist, Defense Attorney) “Listen to everything. Listen to everything very intently.”
(Kelly Dillon, N.D. State’s Attorney) “The investigators in this case were constantly being fed information – a lot of it, directly or indirectly, from Mr. Wilder himself.”
(Olson) Prosecuting attorney Kelly Dillon started making the state’s case against Mr. Wilder Tuesday morning, beginning with Jackson’s tearful account of the events.
He says Angila failed to pick him up as usual from his overnight shift across town – so he took a taxi to their home, where he found the door kicked in.
(Jackson) “I knew something was wrong. Why would our door be broken in?”
(Olson) Jackson says he called the police, who entered the home and found the victim dead in her bedroom.
Defense attorney Kerry Rosenquist described Jackson’s relationship with Angila Wilder as a tumultuous one – pointing out that that door had been kicked in once before – by Jackson.
Jackson painted a more innocent picture of that incident.
(Jackson) “She ran over there and locked the door. Ran up to the kitchen window and opened it and started cussing at me and laughing, ‘How are you gonna get back in now?’ So, being a smartass, I went over there and kicked it in.”
(Olson) Prosecutors spent the rest of Tuesday presenting evidence. In the coming days, the defense will have its turn.
Richie Wilder’s trial is scheduled to last two weeks.
He could face life in prison if convicted of murder.