Judge refuses to lower bond in Minot murder case

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A judge is refusing to lower the $1 million bond for a North Dakota woman accused of helping her husband plan and cover up the killing of his ex-wife, citing community safety.

Cynthia Wilder was arrested in May and charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the 2015 death of Angila Wilder, the Minot Daily News reported. Authorities said the 26-year-old confessed her role in the crime to a man she had recently reconnected with. The man contacted police.

Wilder is also charged for helping her husband, Richie Wilder, in his attempted escape from the Ward County Jail in August 2016.

Wilder's defense attorney, Patrick Waters, had requested that Judge Stacy Louser lower the bond to $50,000 cash or corporate surety. He said Wilder couldn't raise $1 million.

"One million is grossly too high," said Waters.

Wilder also wrote a letter asking for a reduced bond because she said she's needed at home to care for her children. Wilder had been caring for Angila Wilder's two children and her daughter.

But Louser said that given the seriousness of the charges, she wasn't inclined to lower or modify bond conditions.

Wilder's husband, Richie Wilder, was sentenced in December to life in prison for the slaying of his ex-wife. He's expected to go to trial in September for his escape charge.

Cynthia Wilder could face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the murder conspiracy charge. A preliminary hearing for Wilder has been scheduled for Aug. 15.