After the judge dismissed the initial case more than 13 years prior, John Angerer was indicted for the 2006 murder of Angela Wilds.
In connection with the 2006 murder of Angela Wilds in Boulder, Colorado, a man was detained in Alaska for a second time after police gathered fresh information from witnesses, including the suspect’s longtime girlfriend.
On March 9, John Angerer, 53, was detained in Anchorage after being charged with second-degree murder.
His bond was set at $1 million, and authorities in Colorado and Alaska are unsure of when he will be extradited to Boulder.
When two hikers discovered Wilds’ decaying, naked body in June 2006, it was covered in quicklime and possibly pulled out of a small grave by an animal. She had just turned 38.
A pathologist’s testimony that was included in the indictment stated that Wilds’ death was most likely caused by “an asphyxia event” and that it was a homicide.
Police identified Angerer as a suspect and detained him four years later, but a judge dismissed the case on July 12, 2010, during a preliminary hearing due to a lack of evidence.
Angerer’s longtime girlfriend was re-interviewed by police after the case was initially dropped, and this led to the development of “significant, new evidence” that could lead to a suspect being arrested again and facing new charges.
She told police that she believed Angerer “was hiding something” because certain women’s names, including Angela, “would send Angerer into a rage,” according to the indictment obtained by Fox News Digital.
According to the indictment, she initially told police that he never strangled her in 2009, when they were still in contact.
She claimed that he allegedly choked her “repeatedly” throughout their relationship during follow-up interviews with police in December 2022 and January 2023.
However, when Angerer was first detained, investigators were not aware of any prior strangulation allegations against him.
According to the indictment, she also told police that Angerer was allegedly “jealous,” “possessive,” and frequently thought she was cheating.
According to the indictment, the ex-girlfriend told police that when he was drinking or high, he became more erratic and frightening.
The Bar L Motel in Longmont, Colorado, about 10 miles from the crime scene in the South St. Vrain Canyon along Highway 7, is where two additional potential witnesses told police in December 2022 that they saw Angerer and Wilds together.
According to the indictment, police looked through the motel’s records and discovered the two had stayed there between December 26, 2005, and January 4, 2006.
There is probable cause for the charge of murder in the second degree, according to the indictment, which lists additional acts of strangulation motivated by domestic violence, much more conclusive DNA evidence, and additional detail.
In a statement, Boulder County Sheriff Curtis Johnson expressed his pride in his detectives’ tenacious work and refusal to give up on the case.
The next steps in the legal process will be taken with the family of Angela in mind, he added. “We know Angela’s family has been waiting a long time for this day to come,” he said.
Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty stated they are “determined to secure justice” for Wilds and her loved ones after the indictment was made public last week.
The announcement made today is a significant step, and we are dedicated to continuing the work, he said.
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