Dispute over informant in Minot murder conspiracy case

An apparent plea deal is on the table in the case of a woman accused of helping her husband plan the murder of ex-wife in 2015, but the state and defense are disputing a confidential informant in the case.

Prosecutors say that 27-year-old Cynthia Wilder helped her husband Richie Wilder, Jr., arrange the killing of Angila, and then aided him in a failed attempt to break out of county lockup.

They say that Cynthia admitted her involvement in the murder during a series of conversations with the informant.

A jury convicted Richie last December, and he’s currently serving a life sentence without parole, though the case is headed to appeal at the state supreme court.

Richie pleaded guilty last month to the escape charge.

At Cynthia’s pretrial conference Wednesday, her attorney Patrick Waters claimed that state prosecutors had not released information as to whether they offered incentives to the informant for their help in the case.

Deputy State’s Attorney Kelly Dillon responded, saying that the investigators in the case had done their due diligence in disclosing the specifics of their interactions with the informant.

Judge Stacy Louser denied a request from Waters to allow him to file motions in the case past the deadline.

Waters also said he needed more time to go over the proposed plea deal with Cynthia. Louser agreed to continue the hearing until Nov. 29.

Cynthia remains in custody on a $1 million bond.