A man who is currently in jail for the murder of his wife has won the a Indiana town’s Republican board primary.
Andrew Wilhoite was one of the candidates voted in to possibly fill three open seats on the Clinton Township Board.
Wilhoite, however, is currently in jail.
Authorities arrested Wilhoite on March 26th in connection with the murder of his wife 41-year-old Nikki Wilhoite.
Nikki’s body was found partially submerged in a creek near her home in Lebanon after an 18 hour search.
Investigators found that Andrew and Nikki got into an argument and believe that Andrew struck her with a blunt object before driving her body up to the creek and dumping it.
Despite being jailed, Andrew’s name remained on the ballot for the primary on Tuesday.
He received 60 votes in the election which, made him eligible to be on the ballot for the November election.
His name remains on the ballot as of now, but he can remove his name before the June 15 deadline.
When asked why Andrew is still allowed to be on the ballot, reporters were told that he is legally allowed to be:
“There is no legal reason he can’t be a candidate,” Brad King co-director of the bipartisan Indiana Election Division, said. “Under our system you are innocent until you are proven guilty. If a person is convicted of a felony, then they are no longer eligible to be a candidate and are ineligible to hold office.”
If Andrew is elected before his conviction, he will have to take his oath of office in jail.
A date has not been set for the murder trial.
Friend’s of the couple say Nikki was recovering from cancer and filed for divorce just one day before her final chemo-treatment.