Ohio man convicted of 1988 Miramar murder

There are 20 comments on the Nov 3, 2007, South Florida Sun-Sentinel story titled Ohio man convicted of 1988 Miramar murder. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

A jury on Friday convicted an Ohio man of killing his former wife's ex-husband, whose skeletal remains were unearthed from a Miramar construction site in 1988.

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bobby-g

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Nov 3, 2007
You can run but you can't hide. Thanks.
dinorah perry

Miami, FL

#2 Nov 3, 2007
I'm so sorry about what has happened to David Jackson. He was a good child, very responsible, very loveable and he was VERY close to his mother. David had NO idea he was being lured to a hotel to be held as a hostage and then KILLED.
David's blood will always be on Mike Wolfe's hands. Mr. Wolfe was convicted yesterday of killing David back in 1988 Pembroke Pines.
During the trial, I was able to get eye contact with Mr. Wolfe. He reminds me of a scared cornered animal who is tried of running but afraid to give up. The trial took a toll on his mind,body and soul. I hope and pray that Mr. Wolfe totally confesses to God and David's family. I also hope he asks God and David's family for forgiveness.
See, Mike killed one of God's children. Thus he has to pay for it. This was a senseless cold blood crime against a child.
I do not know if Mike Wolfe will hold up in jail. He looked pretty beat. David's blood has FINALLY caught up with him. May God take care of David and his family.
God Bless
dinora(dperrymcim@aol.com)
Sergeant

United States

#3 Nov 3, 2007
this case took a tremendous amount of work by everyone. as you can see now it was all worth it. the jackson family FINALLY has the closure they needed so much.
Ex co-worker

AOL

#4 Nov 4, 2007
I knew Mike in Ohio and would never have dreamed he would do anything like this. It just proves that you never know about people. While I always thought of him as a good guy, it goes to show that people can be very deceiving....I am very happy that David's family finally has justice. I don't believe there is anything to the "closure" cliche, however, at least his son and mother can rest a lttle easier knowing that a cold blooded murderer is not living his life like nothing happened, when it scarred and tormented their lives.
cops got the wrong guy

United States

#5 Nov 4, 2007
Another fugazie case.
Reality

Fort Myers, FL

#6 Nov 4, 2007
How can Wolfe lure another man to a hotel room and hide in the bathroom? Was Wolfe doing this alone?
One who knows

AOL

#7 Nov 5, 2007
cops got the wrong guy wrote:
Another fugazie case.
You couldn't be more wrong. Mr. Wolfe had three co-conspirators, the boy's ex-wife and parents. She lured David Jackson to the motel with the idea that she was leaving Wolfe and wanted to get back together. Mr. Wolfe was waiting in the bathroom. She hit him with a stun gun and then Mr. Wolfe emerged from the bathroom and shot him in the head. When he did not stop breathing he shot him again. This was a 23 year old boy and Mr. Wolfe was a 40+ year old man. The exwife and her father buried David's body while Mr. Wolfe cleaned up the mess in the motel. Be sure you have your facts straight before you imagine another innocent man sentenced to prison. There is not now and never has been anything innocent about Michael Wolfe. He had a history of other crimes that were not brought out in the trial. This is a sad, sad case. Sad for the boy who died, sad for his family, sad for the family of Mr. Wolfe, and sad that Michael decided to take this road.
One of the Jurors

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Nov 5, 2007
We got the right guy and it was time for him to pay for his crimes. I have a son in his young 20's and put myself in Ms. Carlson's place....what an awful thing to have to live with for all those years. I hope she feels justice has been served. I know it won't get her son back, but, now he can finally rest in peace.
Incredulous

Jacksonville, FL

#9 Nov 5, 2007
No physical evidence, no witnesses, no real motive. Just the drunk testimony from ex-wives? I have a hard time getting to 'beyond a reasonable doubt' with this info.

And a juror puts herself in Ms. Carlson's place?? Sure it is a tragedy but putting a person in jail for life for a crime they may not have committed is hardly a way to serve justice.

Too bad Mr. Wolfe did not have the resources to do better than the assisgned public defense team.
One who knows

AOL

#10 Nov 5, 2007
How can you sit in Savannah, Ga and think you know there was no motive? Did you attend the trial? Also, Mr. Wolfe was only drunk when he told one of the wives. How do you think an ex-wife would know that the skull had been reburied so no identification could be made from the dental records if he had not told her? It was not public knowledge that the skull was removed from the burial site. The motive was a 20 year old wife who was yelling and screaming that her exhusband might get custody of her son. So why not hire a lawyer? The other curious thing about this trial...there was only one witness for the defense besides Mr. Wolfe. His only testimony was that the ex-wife's father was mad at the ex-husband. Period. So if he was so innocent, where were the people he should have had on the stand saying no, he was with us? Where was the ex-wife to say, no, he was with me? His ex-wife (who participated in the crime) would not come forward on his behalf. Neither did anyone else. He had NO ALIBI. Because he did it!
One who knows

AOL

#11 Nov 5, 2007
How can you sit in Savannah, Ga and think you know there was no motive? Did you attend the trial? Also, Mr. Wolfe was only drunk when he told one of the wives. How do you think an ex-wife would know that the skull had been reburied so no identification could be made from the dental records if he had not told her? It was not public knowledge that the skull was removed from the burial site. The motive was a 20 year old wife who was yelling and screaming that her exhusband might get custody of her son. So why not hire a lawyer? The other curious thing about this trial...there was only one witness for the defense besides Mr. Wolfe. His only testimony was that the ex-wife's father was mad at the ex-husband. Period. So if he was so innocent, where were the people he should have had on the stand saying no, he was with us? Where was the ex-wife to say, no, he was with me? His ex-wife (who participated in the crime) would not come forward on his behalf. Neither did anyone else. He had NO ALIBI. Because he did it!
One of the Jurors

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 Nov 6, 2007
Look, I am not interested in having another OJ running around - the evidence that Frankel did have after 20 yrs was substantial enough to convict Wolfe for a crime he DID commit.
I certainly hope the state is able to convict Barbara....she deserves the same fate as M Wolfe - they have had their freedom for the past 20 yrs. What goes around, comes around
Incredulous

Jacksonville, FL

#13 Nov 6, 2007
I wasn't there so I don't know what evidence they had. But the newspaper article makes it seem as if it was more hearsay evidence than hard evidence. Two shotgun blasts in a motel? I am no expert but I understand those are LOUD and MESSY. Yet nobody heard the shots? Cleaning ladies didn't notice a mess or damage to the walls or carpet?

We are all sick of criminals getting away with murder (like OJ) but based on what the general public is being told the evidence doesn't sound that compelling. If it was such a open and shut case why did it take nearly 4 years to bring it to trial?

Just interested in the details. I like the idea of justice being served regardless of the timeline but it chills me to the bone to think an innocent person can lose their life because they don't have the resources to properly defend themselves.
One who knows

AOL

#14 Nov 6, 2007
He was killed with a .22 with a silencer. That's why no one heard the blast. The only reason it took 4 years is because the defense attorneys kept asking for a continuance and drug their heels on taking their depositions from the witnesses.

One of the Jurors is right. They should both be paying for this crime.
One who knows

AOL

#15 Nov 6, 2007
By the way, when someone confesses a crime it is not "hearsay". That is why the ex-wife cannot be prosecuted based on the testimony of Mr. Wolfe's other wives. What he told them about her is hearsay. If she had told them herself it would be a confession, not hearsay.
Ohio Friend

New Port Richey, FL

#16 Nov 6, 2007
I've known Mike for a long time and while we weren't always in contact for periods of time, it is still hard for me to belive he did this. But I was not at the trial to hear the facts. What I do believe is Mike was flattered by the attention of a 20 something girl that got him to do what she needed done.
My question is..does Barbara walk on this?
To One who knows...do I know you?
one in ohio

Harrison, OH

#17 Nov 6, 2007
He did indeed appear to be a nice guy. I wouldn't have thought he could do something like that. I doubt he did it on his own. Either way what happened was wrong. I just feel bad for the people he hurt then and now.
One who knows

AOL

#18 Nov 7, 2007
Barbara will walk unless Mike gives testimony against her. He has chosen not to do so.

Since: Mar 07

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Nov 7, 2007
Perhaps she will walk, perhaps not. However, she will live each day from now on wondering if today is the day they will come for me. She will have to wonder how Mike is holding up. Prison is a pretty tough place for a sixty one year old who is soft and haggard. Prison gives one plenty of time to reflect and think. Mike has the rest of his life no matter how long or short it may be, to reflect on the irony that the evidence used to rightfully convict him of this terrible crime, is insufficient to convict the co conspirator who was standing right beside him. Perhaps it will take a month, perhaps a year, perhaps five, but the day will come when he realizes he has something to say. Perhaps it will be because he has changed and found Jesus, perhaps it will be because he decides it isn't fair that he is doing the time alone, or perhaps he decides that he can shop her for a few extra privileges to make his miserable existence that much more bearable, but the day will come. Barbara will be that much older, probably that much more haggard from the stress of knowing that her time to walk among the free has an expiration date. In the meantime, if those who know her have a shred of decency and integrity, they will do what all decent people do when face to face with a cold blooded murderess; they will walk away.
One of the Jurors

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#20 Nov 7, 2007
It seems I hear remembering in court that there is a pending indictment against Barbara. It will probably have to go to grand jury who will determine whether or not there is enough evidence to formally charge her. I KNOW Sgt Valesquez wants to charge Barbara....Hopefully she will be brought to justice - I wish I could sit on that Jury!!

If not, she will have to live with herself and can rest assure the she will ROTT IN HELL with her father & Michael. The demons will come get her just the same as Michael dreams they are coming for him... I wonder what kind of relationship she has w/ the son, Jon. I wonder if he realizes his mother plotted to kill his father.

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