Djerf told police he suspected Luna, but they took no action.
When paramedics arrived however, Wendi turned them away, stating that Joe had a do-not-resuscitate order, and that his wish was to die. One hour later, Wendi called 911 again, reporting that she had stabbed and beaten her husband to death in self-defense.She also made claims that her husband was physically and psychologically abusive toward her.His autopsy revealed that he had sustained 23 blows to the skull, and traces of sodium azide were also found in his system.Approximately one hour before Joe's murder, his wife Wendi had called 911 at the behest of a co-worker, claiming that her terminally ill husband was dying.
The murder took place in Michigan, which does not have the death penalty, but the body was found in Manistee National Forest, which is federal land.
On appeal, his defense team argued that they should consider any reasonable doubt they have that the murder took place outside of the forest before being moved into the forest after death, which would make him ineligible for the death penalty Jurijus Kadamovas and Iouri Mikhel are Russian and Lithuanian immigrants sentenced to death row for ransom related kidnapping and murder of five people.