INMATE 191593 - ANDRIANO, WENDI E


Wendi Andriano's husband became seriously ill and had to cease working. Allegedly resentful of her responsibilities, Wendi Andriano began frequenting bars and engaging in extramarital affairs. As her discontent increased, she hatched a scheme to kill her husband and profit from his death. She asked her friends if they would pose as her husband so that she could obtain a life insurance policy. She researched the effects of various poisons and how to obtain them discreetly. Andriano ordered poison and had it sent to a separate business.

Although Andriano claimed that she was physically and psychologically abused by her husband, none of her friends ever observed any signs of abuse.

Andriano began slipping sodium azide capsules to her husband. In the early morning hours of October 8, 2000, Andriano called 911 to report that her husband was having a heart attack, but when paramedics arrived, she turned them away. Several hours later, she again called 911 to report that she had stabbed and beaten him in self-defense. When paramedics arrived, they found Joe Andriano dead from repeated beatings and a stab wound to the neck. Weak from the poisoning and chemotherapy, he was unable to defend himself against Andriano, who struck him at least 20 times with a barstool before stabbing him in the neck.


PROCEEDINGS

Presiding Judge: Hon. Brian K. Ishikawa
Prosecutor: Juan Martinez
Defense Counsel: Daniel Patterson & David Delozier
Start of Trial: August 23, 2004
Verdict: November 18, 2004
Sentencing: December 22, 2004

Aggravating Circumstances
Especially heinous, cruel or depraved


PUBLISHED OPINIONS
[Direct Appeal pending before the Arizona Supreme Court]