ARGYLE, WI (WTAQ) - Two brothers from Argyle face a host of charges for allegedly setting a house fire last month which killed three of their relatives.
But no charges have been filed in connection with an unborn child who died, when her mother was critically injured while escaping the blaze.
The State Justice Department is handling the cases against Armin Wand III and his brother Jeremy.
The agency is not saying whether it will add a homicide charge for the death of Sharon Wand’s unborn baby. But Barbara Lyons of Wisconsin Right to Life tells the State Journal of Madison that she expects another homicide count to be added – unless there’s medical evidence that the infant died for a reason that was not criminal in nature.
The defendants are due back in court November 13th.
Wisconsin is among 38 states with a fetal homicide law, and it’s been on the books for almost 15 years.
It’s been used in some notable cases since that time. Perhaps the most famous was in 2008, when repeat drunk driver Mark Benson was high on prescription drugs when he rear-ended a car near Oconomowoc.
Popular teacher Jennifer Bukosky was killed, along with her daughter Bella and Jennifer’s unborn child. Benson is serving a 30 year prison term on five criminal convictions – including drunk driving in the death of an unborn child.