Police in Madison, Wisconsin, arrested a man suspected of killing his wife and blowing up their home to cover up the crime.
Steven Pirus, 59, was arrested Saturday night and charged with first-degree intentional homicide, arson and recklessly endangering safety.
Pirus is accused of shooting his 50-year-old wife, Lee Anne Pirus, to death in the weeks or even months before intentionally blowing up their home, according to police.
“Steven intentionally blew up this house," Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said in a press conference. "He’s as much as admitted it over the course of several days of conversations.”
Authorities said in a press release that Pirus likely manipulated the home's natural gas system, which caused the explosion and put neighbors in the area at risk.
Koval told the Wisconsin State Journal that the couple had been married for 20 years and did not have any children together.
Authorities are currently working to determine possible motives in the case.
“I don’t want to rule out financials. I don’t want to rule out extra-marital issues. I don’t want to rule out anything,” Koval told the newspaper. “The suspect himself, soon to be a defendant himself, has vacillated between his motives.”
The medical examiner's office told police Lee Anne Pirus had been dead for weeks, but police were unaware because no one had filed a missing persons report. Koval told the Wisconsin State Journal that the medical examiner's office will be conducting more tests to determine exactly how long Lee Anne Pirus has been dead.