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Wilcox now in Scioto Jail

The man accused of assaulting his estranged wife at her home, then throwing an accelerant on her was returned to Lawrence County Wednesday.

Tom Wilcox, 38, of Ironton who had been a patient at a Louisville, Ky., hospital, had waived extradition back to his home county. He was immediately booked and moved to the Scioto County Jail where he will remain. Wilcox also suffered burns from the incident and needs medical attention that the jail at the neighboring county can provide, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said.

“He is under our care. We want to keep him safe and provide medical care like we would for any other inmate,” Lawless said.

The victim Amy Wilcox, also 38, remains in a burn unit at a Cincinnati hospital in critical condition. Tom Wilcox has burns and infection over various parts of his body needing bandage changes and medications.

A special Lawrence County Grand Jury is expected to be convened this month to hear evidence of the case.

A representative from the Attorney General’s office will be the special prosecutor as County Prosecutor J. B. Collier and a member of his staff had a conflict of interest in the case.

Currently Wilcox is charged with arson, aggravated burglary and attempted murder.

DNA samples from the case have been turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for processing, Lawless said. That information will ultimately go to the Attorney General’s office.

“This investigation is still ongoing,” Lawless said. “We are gathering evidence and processing information as we proceed.”