Stephen Allwine a Cottage Grove man has been charged with 2nd degree murder in wife, Amy Allwine’s death after embarking on adulterous relationships.
Stephen Allwine a 43 year old Minnesota man has been charged with murder after allegedly staging his wife’s shooting death as suicide.
The husband’s arrest comes after going on the dark web to hire a hit man, with Stephen Carl Allwine allegedly shooting his wife and the mother of his child, Amy Allwine, 44 in the head.
According to prosecutors, the husband was in the midst of multiple affairs and was looking to get out of his marriage when he shot his college sweetheart at their Washington County home.
The woman’s death led to the husband being charged with second degree murder according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday and obtained by the Star Tribune.
At the time of her death, November 13, 2016, Cottage Grove police found Amy dead on the scene with one gunshot wound to the head and a 9mm gun rested on her forearm.
An autopsy revealed she had no gunpowder on her hands. But Allwine tested positive for it when police arrested him Tuesday.
A toxicology test also determined that Amy Allwine had in her system a very high concatenation of the nausea drug, scopolamine, dubbed ‘the devil’s drug‘ for its ability to erase a person’s memory and render them incapable to exercise free will.
The complaint alleges that Stephen Allwine shot his wife in the head, then positioned her body to make it appear as if she had shot herself. The husband then called 911 to report a medical emergency.
When interviewed by police, the husband said that he returned home with his 9-year-old son and found his wife dead.
Investigators noted that there was no evidence of a forced entry at the Allwines’ home, with the woman’s death was labelled ‘suspicious.’
Upon searching Allwine’s computer, FBI investigators found the husband had used the username ‘dogdaygod’ to contact a hit man to kill his wife through the ‘Besa Mafia’ website.
The site recommended Allwine with hit jobs, including one that cost $5,000 to make it look like a car hit Amy.
Cell phone records showed Allwine having affairs with two women he had met on Ashley Madison — a dating site used for extramarital activities.
Investigators also discovered the husband spending thousands on Bitcoin as currency for illegal transactions on the ‘dark web’, including having purchased a weapon.
Allwine’s bail was set at $1 million without conditions or $500,000 that would require him to wear a GPS monitor, no traveling out of Minnesota, and no unsupervised visits with the couple’s 9-year-old son. His next court appearance is on Feb.13.
According to his LinkedIn page, Stephen Allwine works as an IT specialist at an insurance company and has long been active in ministry at the United Church of God.
His late wife was the owner of Active Dogs Sports Training located next door to the family’s home, which went out of business a short time after her death.