Woman accused of helping her husband commit murder enters plea


A woman accused of helping her husband murder his ex-wife says she didn’t do it.

Cynthia Wilder pleaded not guilty today in Ward County court.

Wilder is accused of helping her husband Richie pull off the murder of his ex-wife Angila Wilder, and of helping him escape from the county jail in August of last year.

Court documents say Cynthia Wilder told a man with whom she previously had a relationship that she helped Richie commit the murder by casing Angila Wilder’s home the night of the murder to make sure her boyfriend had left for an overnight job.

She is accused of helping Richie Wilder clean his car after the crime.

Court records also say Cynthia Wilder aided Richie Wilder in an escape from the Ward County Jail in August by parking a vehicle not far from the jail.

Court documents say Cynthia Wilder met an informant and said she and Richie planned and covered up the murder and that they agreed on a story to tell police – a story she says she stuck with.

Cynthia Wilder is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder – and Accomplice to Escape.

The maximum sentence for the conspiracy charge is life in prison.

Wilder’s pre-trial conference is set for October.

Her husband Richie was found guilty of murder last year.

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