PDT Staff Writer
An Ironton man was indicted by the Lawrence County Grand Jury Thursday on charges including murder and arson, and is still being held in Scioto County Jail.
Thomas Wilcox reportedly entered the home of his wife Amy Wilcox — just off Township Road 253 East, near Deering Elementary — shortly after 11 p.m. April 29, and allegedly poured gasoline over her body then set her on fire. Amy Wilcox reportedly suffered second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of her body. The Wilcox’s have two children together, and one was home with Amy when Thomas allegedly set fire to the house, but was not injured.
Thomas Wilcox was also injured in the fire and was taken to a hospital in Louisville, Ky. He was released on June 8 and taken to Louisville Metropolitan Detention Center. He returned to Ohio two days later and was booked in the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, then transferred to Scioto County Jail for holding.
Amy Wilcox died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center June 12, only hours after a Lawrence County judge ordered Thomas Wilcox held in Scioto County Jail on $10 million bond, on charges of attempted murder, felony arson, aggravated burglary and felonious assault.
Following Amy’s death, the charges against Thomas were increased to aggravated murder, aggravated arson, aggravated burglary, domestic violence and child endangerment.
Wilcox’s case is being handled by Ohio Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Unit because of a conflict of interest in the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office, wherein county officials represented Thomas and Amy during their divorce proceedings.
“It’s not uncommon,” Kim Kowalski, of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said. “Many counties bring cases to us if they have too many, or sometimes they don’t have a lot of experience handling them.”
If found guilty of aggravated murder, Kowalski said 38-year old Wilcox could be sentenced to death.
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