Senior Airman Charles Amos Wilson III, a support team member with the 461st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, was already in trouble with local authorities when he was arrested in August, charged with killing his fiancee and her unborn child.
He had been arrested in October 2011 after a fire in his rental home killed Demetrius Hardy, a civilian employee at Robins. Authorities believe Wilson and Hardy, along with Infini Hardy, conspired to set fire to Wilson's trailerto collect insurance money.
Less than a year later, Wilson was arrested by authorities after a female Air Force technical sergeant said he drove toward her in a pickup truck in a threatening manner, dragged her by the hair, fired a gun from the window of his home at her and told her, "I'm going to make you die today."
In the second case, the Air Force requested, and was denied, jurisdiction to handle prosecution after Wilson was arrested in July 2012. Georgia authorities placed Wilson in a pretrial diversion program,until he was arrested Aug. 31 as a suspect in the shooting death of 30-year-old Tameda Ferguson, who was 8 ½ months pregnant.
Now the Air Force is handling charges in all three cases.
"In this case, Wilson was facing civilian charges in multiple counties — Terrell and Houston counties — in Georgia," said David Donato, a Robins spokesman. "A court-martial is able to resolve all of the charges against the accused, no matter where they allegedly occurred. Additionally, the family of Ms. Ferguson supported the Air Force taking jurisdiction of the murder charges," Donato said in an email.
Wilson's Article 32 hearing began May 6 before investigating officer Col. William Muldoon, who will decide whether to send Wilson to court-martial to face charges in the three cases.
Muldoon also will decide whether Wilson will face the death penalty if convicted.
Wilson's attorneys expressed little doubt that Muldoon will recommend a court-martial, according to The Telegraph, a newspaper in Macon that covered the Article 32.
Wilson was arrested Aug. 31 by Tift County authorities on charges of murder and feticide after Ferguson was found shot to death at her home in Dawson, Georgia, about 100 miles south of Robins. Terrell County initially had jurisdiction over the murder charge.
The Air Force requested jurisdiction over the case, and renewed a request from Houston County for authority to prosecute the alleged assault of the technical sergeant, Donato said.
The Houston County District Attorney's office did not respond to inquiries about the case by press time.
By December, the Air Force had obtained jurisdiction from each county involved and filed charges in all three cases against Wilson, Donato said.
Wilson is facing charges of premeditated murder, death of an unborn child and obstruction of justice in the death of Ferguson and their unborn child, according to his charge sheet.
He faces charges of aggravated arson, committing murder while in the perpetration of aggravated arson, conspiracy and burning with intent to defraud in the fire that resulted in Hardy's death in 2011.
He also faces charges of intentionally discharging a firearm and communicating a threat in the alleged attack on the female technical sergeant in July 2012.
He is expected to be taken to Joint Base Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, to await trial.