Man accused of killing wife, home explosion planned to marry Russian woman, search warrant shows
MADISON, Wis. — The man accused of killing his wife and orchestrating a house explosion of their home with her body inside had planned to marry a Russian woman, according to a search warrant filed in court this week.
A search warrant of Steven D. Pirus’ phone and tablet revealed that Pirus and a Russian woman had exchanged messages that indicated she would come to the United States, where they planned to get married, the search warrant said.
The Russian woman, who was also on the wallpaper on his phone, is named Olga , according the search warrant.
Pirus is accused of fatally shooting his 50-year-old wife, Lee Anne Pirus . He admitted to killing her weeks, if not months, before the home explosion at 7806 Stratton Way on Sept. 13, according to authorities.
Pirus is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, arson, first-degree reckless endangerment and multiple accounts of animal mistreatment for the deaths of four pets in the explosion and injuries to one.
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