The jury just reached a verdict in the Stephen Allwine murder trial. He was found guilty of 1st-degree premeditated murder in the poisoning and shooting of his wife Amy.
Prosecutor Fred Fink, in his closing argument, said evidence showed that Amy Allwine had been drugged with a life-threatening dose of scopolamine before she was shot with a 9-millimeter handgun in a hallway.
Stephen Allwine moved her body to the bedroom where he tried to disguise her murder as a suicide, Fink said.
“Physical and scientific evidence don’t lie,” Fink told the jury.
Fink said evidence showed the victim’s body was “posed,” with no blood spatters on the bedspread or nightstand next to her body and the gun resting on her left elbow even though she was righthanded. STAR Tribune
Husband accused of trying to stage wife's death as suicide found guilty of first-degree murder
Stephen Allwine faces a mandatory life sentence after a jury in Washington County deliberated for eight hours in the 2016 slaying of 43-year-old Amy Allwine.
Investigators said that Stephen Allwine was having affairs, according to the Star Tribune, and that he searched the dark web in an attempt to find a hit man to kill his wife.
Stephen Allwine was an elder at the United Church of God, which frowned on divorce.
"This defendant wanted Amy Allwine out of his life and wanted to be free to play the field," prosecutor Fred Fink said, according to the newspaper. "He planned, prepared for and was absolutely determined to kill her." NYDailyNews
Stephen Allwine was convicted Wednesday night of first-degree premeditated murder in the killing of Amy Allwine on Nov. 13, 2016. CBSLocal Minnessota
- After six days of testimony, and six hours of deliberations, a Washington County jury has found Stephen Allwine guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of his wife. He’s expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.
In closing arguments, prosecutors told the jury Stephen killed Amy because he was an elder in his church, and it would be embarrassing to seek a divorce. Evidence revealed Stephen had carried on at least two affairs with women he met on the cheaters site Ashley Madison.
Over six days of testimony, the court room was filled with supporters from the Allwine church, where Stephen was a deacon and church leader. FOX9
“We believe the jury did the right thing,” Fink said. “They had a lot of pieces of evidence to go through. … I’ve been doing this 43 years and it’s probably the most complex case I’ve ever tried.”
The evidence against Allwine included a trail of digital clues that connected him to a failed murder-for-hire plot hatched on the “dark web,” a hidden portion of the internet associated with crime."
"After a two-month investigation, Stephen Allwine was arrested in March 2017 and charged with Amy Allwine’s murder. Prosecutors alleged that Stephen Allwine was having at least two extramarital affairs. Rather than divorce his wife and jeopardize his position at a local church, he decided to have her killed." Twin Cities Pioneer Express
I have heard similar reports that United Church of God members were filling the courtroom viewing area in support of Allwine. Many UCG members have claimed that this court trial is an attack by Satan on God's true church (UCG). We have all heard that crap before in another court trial! Many of those in attendance were reported to be quite vocal in their support of Allwine.
Thankfully a wise jury made a wise decision.