Washington Woman Accused of Killing Mother Asks for Death Penalty
WASHINGTON — October 3, 2018
Asenka Miller Wilber claims that she and her mother Carole Hardin have had several conflicts, in which the 50-year-old woman would usually leave the house. Of course, sometimes women fight, but it rarely comes to serious injuries
After yet another quarrel, according to a probable-cause affidavit, the woman attacked her 75-year-old mother and repeatedly hit her on the head. The mother died on the spot. Wilber got scared and decided to dispose of the body by burying it in her backyard.
According to court data, once she checked Hardin’s pulse and confirmed that she was dead, Wilber became “confused” and started digging Hardin a grave. As was later learned, both women lived in the shared house.
The hole was several feet deep, and Wilber reportedly only stopped digging because she became “physically exhausted.”
When the woman realized that she could not hide the body, she went to the neighbor's house where she called the police. The police arrived a few minutes later and Wilber was arrested.
According to the affidavit, Wilber told detectives that Hardin had been physically abusive her entire life. She also told police that her mother had kicked out her husband and child, and had closed her in the cellar for a night as a child.
Wilber appeared in Clark County Superior Court Monday and is facing a charge of second-degree murder.
“I want the death penalty, lethal injection, please. The court does not want me alive and neither do I,” she said in court.
She was ordered to be held on $500,000 bail, though prosecutors had called for more, citing public safety.
Hardin had previously obtained a restraining order against Wilber, but had not renewed it. It was eventually dropped when neither woman appeared at a court hearing.