Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home  >  Topics  >  Corrections

September 25, 2013
PrintCommentRSS

Wife convinced husband to kill man who 'telepathically' raped her

Meloney Selleneit pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges of attempted criminal solicitation and possession of a dangerous weapon

Standard-Examiner

FARMINGTON, Utah — The Centerville woman accused of convincing her husband to shoot their neighbor for "telepathically raping" her has pleaded guilty.

At a Thursday pretrial conference, Meloney Selleneit pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges of attempted criminal solicitation and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, according to court documents.

On Oct. 30, 2011, Selleneit's husband, Michael Selleneit, shot neighbor Tony Pierce in the back two times with a handgun.

Meloney Selleneit had convinced her husband that Pierce had telepathically raped her on many occasions, court documents said.

After several evaluations over whether Michael Selleneit was competent enough to stand trial, Judge Thomas Kay ruled he was, according to court documents.

In January, Michael Selleneit pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. In May, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with his commitment to begin at the Utah State Hospital, according to court documents.

A similar debate over whether Meloney Selleneit should stand trial ended after multiple evaluations, and Judge Kay ruled that she was also competent. She was previously staying at the Utah State Hospital for treatment.

She now awaits a sentencing hearing set for Oct. 31.

According to an arrest warrant, Meloney Selleneit bought the handgun for her husband 11 years ago. The couple kept the gun under a pillow on their bed.

A representative from the Davis County Attorney's Office was not available to comment on the case Monday.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Copyright 2013 the Standard-Examiner






PoliceOne Offers

Sponsored by

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample