When it happened, it rocked the County. A Starke County woman had been brutally attacked and killed by her estranged husband. Mary Wireman had been at home when her husband Ernest stabbed her. Following that, he went to his step-son’s house and attempted to murder him, too.
A year later, Ernest Wireman was found guilty by a Starke County jury after several days of emotional testimony. Judge Kim Hall eventually sentenced Wireman to 110 consecutive years in the Indiana Department of Corrections, bringing closure to one of the most grizzly cases of murder ever in Starke County.