A jury in Winnebago County, Wisconsin found Joshua Aide, 40, guilty of attempting to kill his ex-girlfriend Rebecca Borkowski, 33, and another man, John Miller, 57. He was also convicted of murdering his ex’s father, James Gruettner, 59.
The prosecution finds #JoshuaAIde GUILTY of all First-Degree Intentional Homicide from the passing of James Gruettner. GUILTY on 2 counts of Attempted 1st-degree Intentional Homicide of both Rebecca Borkowski & John Miller. @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/BQbUNXOuuY
The prosecution said at trial that the defendant assaulted the victims on August 4, 2020months after Borkowski dumped him. There remained the matter of a Chevrolet Tahoe that they co-owned. It had radiator problems. All of Borkowski needed to do was get it repaired as soon as possible so that she could give it to Aide and catch him out of her life. The suspect, however, went to the property intoxicated and quickly started shooting. All three victims were shot in the head. Aide would have killed them all but for Rebecca’s choice to rapidly turn her head and John’s choice to flee, said prosecutor Amanda Nash in final arguments on Wednesday.
#JoshuaAide — Rebecca Borkowsk hugs loved ones following guilty verdict. She lived a bullet to her head while her father died to the ground beside her family friend John Miller ran for help, plus a bullet wound to his face. pic.twitter.com/HvQkoFqWdP
The defense tried to assert it was really Aide who had been the goal and Borkowski enticed him to the house. They tried to demonstrate that the connection began falling apart in 2018 and Rebecca failed to persuade the defendant to market his late father’s home. During testimony on Wednesday, Aide asserted that Rebecca’s father wordlessly pushed and struck himso he opened fire in self-defense.
James Gruettner’s spouse, Julie Gruettner, said her husband would not hurt a fly.
#JohsuaAIde — Defense: Ahead of your husband and John Miller departing, didn’t they talk killing Josh?
Julie: No, my husband wouldn’t hurt a fly. @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/fcyR7jt2mR
Aide surfaced to shooting Miller later Miller was about to hit him with an item. He also testified he fired Borkowski after she who raised a weapon at him.
Defense lawyer Scott A. Ceman maintained the official investigation into the events of that night was rushed — it was basically over within a couple of hours. Police were just trying to make the evidence fit the narrative given by their determined sufferers, ” he said. Rebecca, a gunowner with numerous firearms, finally introduced an earlier unaccounted firearm to the police. Nobody bothered to inquire or question what happened to the additional gun while it had been lost, Ceman stated. Back in Aide’s version of events, Rebecca placed her firearm under a table.
In a rebuttal,” Nash said the physical evidence at the scene did not match what the suspect claimed occurred. To believe that the conspiracy theory, jurors would need to believe that Borkowski’s means of luring Aide was supposed to tell him leave alone, and jurors would need to believe that the gun under the table disappeared. Rebecca was the one who brought the firearm up to the authorities, not the suspect. At the night of the murder, there was no evidence she had a gun on herand she had been in no situation to hide weapons because she was shot in the head.
Aide denied during cross-examination his 49 calls to Borkowski that afternoon were obsessive. He maintained it was just because he wasn’t certain if the calls went through. He insisted amid the separation, he did not ask her to getting back together, but just wanted to comprehend why she was ending a last-minute relationship.
Text evidence and testimony revealed he whined about the separation made unsolicited assertions that Borkowski was communicating different men. Nash maintained that Aide’s motive was wrath, jealously, and the driveway to control Rebecca.
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