No bail for Wade Wilson, suspect in Cape Coral double-homicide case

Reporter: Dannielle Garcia
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Wade Wilson is the person of interest in the recent deaths of Cape Coral women Kristine Melton and Diane Ruiz in October 2019. Credit: WINK News.

A Lee County man has been formally charged on Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder of two Cape Coral women. The heartbroken fiance of one of the women just spoke with WINK News.

The suspect, Wade Wilson, 25, was formally charged Wednesday. He faces two counts of first-degree murder of Kristine Melton, 35, and Diane Ruiz, 43.

The fiance of Ruiz, Scott Hannon, does not like to talk about the loss of the woman he loved.

“That monster was the last one to talk to her,” Hannon said.

Hannon is understandably angry about the loss of Ruiz.

Wilson has been in custody up since Oct. 8, after being arrested on unrelated charges of burglary.

A Lee County grand jury met Tuesday and returned the indictments, which also included two counts of battery; one count of burglary of a dwelling; and one count of petit theft.

The body of Ruiz was found in a field in Cape Coral four days after she was reported missing while walking to work.

“I’m still waiting for her to walk through the door,” Hannon said through tears. “But I know I’m my heart that it’s not going to happen.”

Melton was found dead in her Cape Coral home on Oct. 7.

Neighbors say they saw Wilson behind the wheel of a black Nissan, owned by Melton, right in the area where Diane Ruiz was found.

If convicted, Wilson could face either Life in Prison or the death penalty. So far, prosecutors have not brought up the death penalty.

In Wilson’s appearance Wednesday, the judge announced he would be held without bond, and was ordered to have no contact with Melissa Lynn Montez, and to avoid a specific address.

Wilson’s next court date is scheduled for Nov. 25 at 8:30 a.m.

Melton’s family told us they are not ready to talk about their loss. As for Ruiz, Hannon told us that her son now lives with his grandparents and her daughter lives with her father’s family in Virginia.

Regardless of the legal repercussions that may happen to the suspect, Hannon will have trouble moving on from the sadness gripping him right now.

“She was the light of my life,” he said. “There wasn’t a night where we didn’t kiss each other goodnight and I’m missing that right now.”

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