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Wife of Argyle arson, murder suspect files for divorce

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LAFAYETTE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - The Argyle arson and murder suspect who reportedly said he wanted a fresh start in life is one step closer to getting it.

Armin Wand’s wife Sharon filed for divorce this week in Lafayette County Circuit Court.

Armin and his younger brother Jeremy Wand are accused of destroying Armin’s home in a fire last September. The couple’s three kids died. Sharon was badly burned after escaping the blaze, and her unborn child died.

Armin Wand is scheduled to go on trial February 25th, and a hearing was held Thursday on pre-trial requests.

Among other things, the defense does not want a jury to hear statements he made to police. A state justice agent testified Armin had accused his brother of starting the blaze – and he displayed a casual demeanor toward his younger brother.

Authorities said Armin Wand wanted to collect insurance money from the fire to help with his fresh start – and they said he paid Jeremy $300 for his reported role in the blaze. The status of Jeremy’s court case will be reviewed on February 20th. 

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