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Joshua Aide Convicted of Trying to Kill His Ex-Girlfriend, Another Man, Also of Murdering Her Father

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A jury in Winnebago County, Wisconsin discovered Joshua Aide, 40, guilty of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend Rebecca Borkowski, 33, and another man, John Miller, 57.  He was also convicted of murdering his ex’s dad, James Gruettner, 59.

The prosecution finds #JoshuaAIde GUILTY of First-Degree Intentional Homicide in the passing of James Gruettner. @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/BQbUNXOuuY

The prosecution said at trial that the defendant attacked the victims August 4, 2020, months later Borkowski dumped him. There remained the issue of a Chevrolet Tahoe that they co-owned. It’d radiator issues. All Borkowski wanted to do was get it fixed as soon as possible so she can donate it into Aide and catch him from her life. The defendant, however, went into the property intoxicated and quickly started shooting. All three victims were shot in the mind. Aide could have killed them all but for Rebecca’s choice to quickly turn her mind and John’s choice to flee, said prosecutor Amanda Nash in final arguments on Wednesday.

She lived a bullet into her head while her dad died to the ground next to her & family friend John Miller ran to get aid, plus a bullet wound to his face. pic.twitter.com/HvQkoFqWdP

The defense tried to assert it was actually Aide who had been the goal and that Borkowski lured him into the property. They attempted to show that the connection began falling apart in 2018 and that Rebecca failed to convince the defendant to market his late father’s house. During testimony Wednesday, Aide asserted that Rebecca’s dad wordlessly pushed and struck himso he opened fire in self-defense.
James Gruettner’s wife, Julie Gruettner, said her husband would not hurt a fly.

#JohsuaAIde — Defense: Prior to your husband and John Miller departing, did not they discuss killing Josh?

Julie: No, my husband would not hurt a fly. @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/fcyR7jt2mR

Aide testified to shooting Miller later Miller was going to hit him with an object. He also testified that he fired at Borkowski after she raised a weapon at him.
Defense attorney Scott A. Ceman maintained that the official investigation into the events of the night was rushed — it was basically over within two or three hours. Authorities were simply trying to make the evidence fit the narrative given by their determined victims, ” he said. Rebecca, a gunowner with several firearms, finally presented an earlier unaccounted firearm into the government. Nobody bothered to inquire or question exactly what happened to this other gun while it had been missing, Ceman said. In Aide’s version of events, Rebecca place her firearm beneath a table.
In a rebuttal, Nash said the physical evidence at the scene didn’t match what the defendant asserted happened. To believe that the conspiracy theory, jurors would need to feel that Borkowski’s means of luring Aide was supposed to inform him repeatedly to leave her alone, and jurors would need to believe that the gun below the table disappeared. Rebecca was the person who attracted the firearm up into the police, not the defendant. On the night of the murder, there was no evidence she had a gun on her behalf and she had been in no situation to hide weapons because she was shot in the mind.
Aide refused during cross-examination that his 49 calls for Borkowski that day were obsessive. He maintained it was only because he wasn’t positive if the calls went through. He insisted that amid the separation, he didn’t ask her to getting back together, but only wanted to understand why she was finishing a five-year relationship.
Text testimony and evidence revealed that he complained about the separation made unsolicited assertions which Borkowski was communicating different guys. Nash maintained that Aide’s motive was anger, jealously, and the driveway to command Rebecca.
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