Murder costs: Cottage Grove guy staged spouse’s suicide

— Washington County Jail

By Kevin Giles , Star Tribune January 18, 2017 – 10:58 PM

Whenever Cottage Grove authorities had been summoned to a alleged committing suicide on a Sunday night in November, it didn’t take very long in order for them to determine one thing ended up being amiss.

The target, Amy Louise Allwine, lay dead on the bed room flooring at her home on 110th Street S. Beside her remaining elbow had been a 9mm handgun, other from where in fact the bullet joined the right-handed victim’s head.

“Victim’s hands unveiled no soot, no gunpowder stippling, no gunpowder that is unburned, and no bloodstream on either hand,” in accordance with an unlawful problem filed Wednesday that charges her husband, Stephen Carl Allwine, 43, with second-degree murder.

The grievance, filed in Washington County District Court, alleges that Stephen Allwine took a deep plunge into the dark internet, that nefarious percentage of the world wide web that search-engines don’t index.

It absolutely was here, identified as “dogdaygod,” which he started trying to find anyone to destroy their spouse.

Detectives also uncovered proof he desired away from their wedding. He had been having at the very least two extramarital affairs with metro-area females, arranged through the Ashley Madison web site.

Amy Allwine’s life additionally had been threatened through the web that is dark a expected girl called Jane whom instructed her within an untraceable email: “Commit committing committing suicide. By the time we have always been done you’ll want to end it anyhow, so just why perhaps perhaps not do it?”

The research showed that Stephen Allwine had searched the internet for particular details and household information in the day before Jane sent the e-mail threatening, “I will come after your family,” if Amy Allwine told police about it july.

Allwine, a technology that is internet, worked from their cellar. Detectives whom executed a search warrant discovered “a wide range of computer gear, which were extremely advanced and technologically advanced,” the costs said.

Detectives discovered which he purchased the tool discovered beside his wife’s body and therefore Allwine ended up being inconsistent about times he said he arrived and went through the home. They discovered proof that Allwine invested 1000s of dollars in bitcoin, an on-line currency, on the dark internet to fund unlawful solutions, items and transactions.

Digital proof obtained through the FBI included information from the website that is dark Besa Mafia, where individuals solicit murders and assaults for hire. The username dogdaygod ended up being detailed as having contacted the website.

“It should really be noted that the defendant had not been honest with police force regarding their task on the web, while he denied once you understand about hacking or the Dark internet, yet information gleaned from examining defendant’s computer unveiled that defendant had accessed the Dark internet as soon as 2014,” the costs stated.

Besa Mafia told dogdaygod — later defined as Stephen Allwine — that killing some body would price $5,000 and also to result in the “hit” seem like a motor vehicle accident would price $6,000. Sooner or later he had been told advised murder ended up being death by sniper, which will price $12,000, the fees stated.

Allwine encouraged Besa Mafia about their wife’s whereabouts, revealing she will be visiting Moline, Ill., in March 2016 for a competition that is dog-training the fees allege. He stated then,” the charges said if the killing couldn’t be accomplished in Illinois, she was going to Atlanta a few weeks later, and “the job could be done.

Amy Allwine was owner of Active puppy Sports Training, a continuing company that closed after her death.

Eventually it absolutely was determined that Amy Allwine could be killed at her household additionally the killer then would set fire to it. Whenever that didn’t take place, Besa Mafia told dogdaygod that the hit guy was in fact stopped by authorities and taken fully to prison. No arrest that is such, authorities stated within the fees, but Besa Mafia proceeded to obtain funds from dogdaygod.

‘Devil’s drug’ involved

Evidently scammed, Stephen Allwine then went onto another website that is dark ask about purchasing Scopolamine, a “devil’s drug” known to erase memory, making an individual not capable of working out free might, the fees stated. an examination of Amy Allwine’s blood after she ended up being killed revealed a concentration of Scopolamine 40 times just just what is recommended in a healing dosage.

Detectives confronted Allwine about nine bloodstains that are faint smear marks away from bedroom where their wife’s body ended up being discovered. When expected about this, Stephen Allwine stated he “had no description about why blood that is human a floor of the house might have been washed up.”

Allwine additionally told detectives their spouse possessed a $700,000 life insurance coverage.

Several police force agencies had been mixed up in research, including Cottage Grove and Woodbury authorities, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as well as other state and federal agencies, stated Capt. Peter Koerner of Cottage Grove authorities.

“I’ve never seen an instance this complicated,” said Fred Fink, whom manages the unlawful unit for the Washington County attorney’s office. “Most of that time we’re working with human being witnesses, but that one needed a substantial number of electronic and systematic proof.”

Stephen Allwine, arrested Tuesday, continues to be when you look at the Washington County prison.

Bail had been set Wednesday at $1 million without any conditions or $500,000 that will need GPS monitoring, no travel outside Minnesota, and no unsupervised visits utilizing the couple’s son that is 9-year-old.

Allwine’s next court look is planned for Feb. 13.