A man accused of slaying his estranged wife in December of last year, has been indicted for murder. A Dekalb County Grand Jury returned the indictment against 30 year old Nathan Garrett Wilder of Ft Payne.
Ft Payne Chief of Detectives Mike Grant, said that law enforcement responded to the home rented by Nathan Wilder, at 900 Grand Avenue Northwest, last December 10th (2009) – after receiving a report that Wilder and his estranged wife, 28 year old Elizabeth Virginia Wilder, had been involved in a domestic dispute. Grant said the dispute became physical, and led to the alleged killing. According to Ft Payne Police Commissioner Ron Ogletree – Nathan Wilder called Ft Payne 9-1-1 and told a dispatcher that he and his wife had been fighting and that she was possibly dead and he then went on to say that he had choked his wife with a belt. Ogletree said Wilder stepped onto the porch as officers arrived and surrendered without incident.
Elizabeth Wilder was found unresponsive in the bedroom of the home where law enforcement also found obvious signs of a struggle; medical personnel from the Ft Payne Fire Department & Dekalb Ambulance Service, examined the body – with Dekalb County Assistant Coroner Charles Williams, later pronouncing the woman dead at the scene. Nathan Wilder remains in the Dekalb County Jail where he has been since his arrest in December – with bond set at $150,000.