State's motion to remove judge from Minot murder conspiracy case denied

MINOT, N.D. – A temporary judge has denied a request from state prosecutors to remove Judge Stacy Louser from the criminal case of Cynthia Wilder, who’s accused of helping her husband orchestrate the murder of his ex-wife.

Judge Thomas Merrick filed an order late Friday denying a request from the Ward County State’s Attorney’s office to remove Louser from the case.

At a special motion hearing on July 5, the state argued that Louser had mishandled evidentiary and testimony disputes in previous cases.

Wilder’s defense accused the state of ‘judge-shopping,’ saying that Louser had ruled in good faith in previous cases, and that the state had tried to remove Louser from at least 11 cases.

Prosecutors say that 26-year-old Cynthia Wilder helped her husband Richie Wilder, Jr., plan the killing of his ex-wife Angila in November of 2015, along with a failed attempt to break him out of county jail.

Cynthia has yet to enter a plea in the case.

Richie, who is currently serving a life sentence for Angila’s murder, is appealing his case to the state Supreme Court.