An Indiana man was arrested on Monday, March 28, for the murder of his wife, who had recently finished chemotherapy and was attempting to divorce him after she had discovered a previous affair that he had during their marriage.

Thirty-nine-year-old Andrew Wilhoite was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after he reportedly smashed a “gallon-size cement flower pot” against the head of his wife, 41-year-old Elizabeth "Nikki" Wilhoite before dumping her body at a nearby creek, according to the Independent.

Nikki Wilhoite had just finished her last round of chemotherapy the week beforehand, with many of her friends saying that she had an immense will to live. After chemo, she reportedly found out about her husband’s affair in the past and had wanted to divorce him for the act, the Daily Beast reported.

He attempted to steer her closer to couples’ counseling, but on March 24, she showed up with a “legal notification of separation” she got from her attorney and asked him to sign it. His refusal drove them to an argument where he ended up assaulting her in the end with the flower pot.

“She’s fighting to stay alive, to see her kids grow up. To have it end like this, it’s just a tragedy that no one should have to go through. It just shouldn’t be that way,” Mary Smith, Nikki Wilhoite’s friend, said.

“Elizabeth fell to the ground and Andrew stated he didn’t know what to do so he took Elizabeth’s body, placed it in his pickup, and threw it in a nearby creek that is east of the residence,” prosecutors said.

Andrew had attempted to deny that he killed his wife, but he admitted later on that he disposed of the shattered remains of the flower pot during a business trip that he took to Linden, Indiana.

The man is currently being held in prison without bail, as he faces an initial court appearance on Tuesday.

Elizabeth "Nikki" Wilhoite, who had just finished her last round of chemotherapy the week before, was killed by her husband Andrew after she asked him for a divorce. This is a representational image. Olga Kononenko/Unsplash.

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