State Supreme Court to hear appeal next month in Minot murder

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Supreme Court will hear arguments Feb. 27 in the appeal of an Alabama man serving a life sentence for the November 2015 killing of his ex-wife in Minot.

A jury convicted 32-year-old Richie Wilder, Jr., in Dec. 2016 of murder in the stabbing death Angila Wilder.

Angila’s body was found with more than 40 stab wounds in her northwest Minot home.

Richie is appealing multiple parts of the case. He contends the judge overstepped his bounds by ordering that Richie have no contact with the two children he fathered with Angila until they are 18 years old.

He also argues that state prosecutors violated his constitutional right to remain silent during parts of the trial, and says the district court should have allowed him to introduce testimony of the children’s guardian during a motion hearing to correct his sentence.

Richie is currently held in a federal prison in California.

Richie’s current wife Cynthia Wilder entered Alford pleas last November for her role in helping Richie plan and cover up the murder, along with a botched attempt at breaking him out of county jail.

She remains in custody on a $1 million bond, awaiting a new sentencing date.