JACKSON, Ohio — A Belmond native is facing the death penalty if convicted of the murder of his former girlfriend.
Wade Gaunt, 44, who is a resident of Jackson, Ohio, is charged with aggravated premeditated murder in the stabbing death of 38-year-old Maria Colvin Sunday morning, according to the Jackson County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Department.
Aggravated premeditated murder carries a possible death sentence in the state of Ohio.
“That’s what I would like to see happen to him,” said Jackson County Sheriff John Shasteen.
Shasteen said the case will be bound over to the grand jury.
Gaunt remains in the Jackson County Jail under $1.5 million bond.
Gaunt also is accused of slashing another man’s throat.
He also faces several traffic charges including drunk driving, driving under suspension and fleeing and eluding law enforcement.
A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for April 6.
Gaunt is a 1983 graduate of Belmond-Klemme High School.
Jackson, Ohio, is located about two hours south of Columbus in south central Ohio.
The murder was apparently the result of a jealous rage after Gaunt found his former girlfriend in a hot tub with another man.
Shasteen told a local television station that Gaunt and Colvin argued at a party during the evening of March 27.
Shasteen said Gaunt showed up at Colvin’s home and allegedly slashed tires on six vehicles at the residence.
Gaunt then headed to the hot tub, allegedly cut the man’s throat and allegedly stabbed Colvin more than a dozen times. She died in her yard.