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A man convicted of double murder and recommended for the death penalty was seen flashing an ice-cold grin at the judge in the courtroom.

Wade Wilson was found guilty of killing two women in Cape Coral, Florida, in 2019.

Wade Wilson, pictured here in the courtroom, was found guilty of double murder in 2019Photo credit: Jonah Hinebaugh/Naples Daily News/USA Today Network-Florid
Wilson went viral on social media due to his appearance and the shocking reactions in courtPhoto credit: Jonah Hinebaugh/Naples Daily News/USA Today Network-Florid
Wilson was convicted of killing Kristine Melton (pictured above) and Diane RuizPhoto credit: Facebook/kristine.melton.79
Wilson was also recommended for the death penalty for the murders of Melton and Ruiz (pictured above).Photo credit: Fox 4

Wilson, 30, attracted a lot of attention on the Internet after his court appearance, especially because of his tattoos.

The murderer had a large swastika tattooed on the side of his half-shaven head.

There was also another swastika tattooed under his right eye and there were scars around his mouth.

Wilson was found guilty on June 12 of killing and strangling Kristine Melton the morning after the two met at a bar.

He was also found guilty of strangling, beating and running over Diane Ruiz that same day.

On June 25, ten of the twelve jurors voted for the death penalty against Wilson for Ruiz’s murder and nine for Melton’s murder.

In Florida, eight jury votes are required to impose the death penalty.

According to Fox News, Wilson was pilloried by social media users for his disturbing behavior in court when his crimes were revealed to jurors.

He was branded “soulless” for “grinning” during the trial.

“Notice the psychopathic grin on the serial strangler’s face,” said one X-user.

Judge Nicholas Thompson will decide on Wilson’s death sentence; the hearing is scheduled for July 23.

Florida Assistant Attorney General Sara Miller expressed her views on a possible death penalty for Wilson.

“You know, you’re asking somebody to take another life, and that’s why it’s always a difficult thing,” she told Fox affiliate KDFW.

“I think in this case it was a justified act given the horrific nature of the case.

“Both murders were particularly heinous, cruel and cruel.

“He inflicted pain on her and showed complete indifference to her (Melton’s) life.”


Kristine Melton, 35, moved to Cape Coral from Illinois and worked as a waitress.

According to, she met Wilson, then 25, at a bar with her friend Stephanie Sailors on October 7, 2019.

The trio went to Melton’s estate that night and she was murdered by Wilson after the sailors left the next morning.

Wilson then stole his first victim’s car and asked 43-year-old Diane Ruiz for directions when he saw her walking alone on the street.

Ruiz was an engaged mother who worked as a bartender.

Wilson tried to lure Ruiz into the car, but he beat and strangled her when she tried to run away.

The murderer then pushed her out of the vehicle and ran over her several times.

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