A Washington state disabled woman, charged with murder for allegedly killing her mother, appeared in court and had an interesting request for the judge. Asenka Miller Wilber, 50, was charged with the murder of her 75-year-old mother at the home they shared and then dug a grave for her in the backyard. Wilber was brought into the Clark County Superior Court in a wheelchair, where she requested the death penalty.
Wilber noted: “I want the death penalty. Lethal injection, please. The court does not want me alive, and neither do I.”
Wilber had reportedly told detectives that her mother, Carole Hardin, abused her physically over th years. When they fought the previous week, she punched her mother in the head and she passed away.
Wilber then spent the rest of the day digging a grave, stopping when she became exhausted. She later went to a neighbor’s house to say her mother had died, with the neighbor calling 911 to request a welfare check.
When police arrived, they found Hardin’s body in the bedroom and a hole in the ground several feet deep.
Police reviewed Wilber’s phone to discover she had taken photos after her mother’s killing, including injuries to her hands and arms that she allegedly sustained during ther fight.
In court, prosecutors noted that Hardin had obtained a restraining order against Wilber last year and filed to renew it, but the order was dropped when they didn’t appear at the court hearing.
Wilber’s attorney argued that his client was afraid of her mother because of the alleged abuse, but a friend of Hardin’s told Fox 12 that the older woman was “very petite” and said Hardin had talked about her daughter’s mental health problems.
While Wilber awaits her next court appearance, she has been put on suicide watch in jail.
Among the many people who commented on the Daily Mail‘s coverage of the murder case, one person remarked: “Give her what she wants. I know they can do it and quickly because years ago a man who had killed and abused two boys asked to be hanged and he was within the year.”
Another commenter added: “How sweet of her to tell the court what she wants. Her mother didn’t have a choice and I presume she didn’t want to be murdered. Let her go crazy and rot in a cell.”
One commenter agreed, noting: “Too easy! Let her suffer for the rest of her life for what she did. I suspect the wheelchair is a prop!”
Another commenter believed that the daughter was too dependent on the mother, calling it “a recipe for disaster.” They added, “I suspect that the mother (in her wisdom) had reservations about maintaining her daughter, however, she soldiered on aware of the fact that her daughter needed this respite. The restraining orders, discussions with friends and family and etc., were all a cry for help… Their family life was out of control. Even the front garden was disheveled. The daughter and mother would have appreciated life independent of one another. Sadly, the daughter did not have the tools to manage this and the mother did not have the heart to evict her daughter.”
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