Search warrant: Steven Pirus planned to marry Russian woman

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- A Madison man accused of killing his wife and blowing up his home to cover up the crime planned to marry a Russian woman that’s according to a search warrant.

59-year-old Steven D. Pirus has been charged with of 1st degree homicide, arson, and reckless endangerment.

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, Pirus told police that sometime between July 30th-August 12th he shot Lee Anne in the head with a firearm in their home on Stratton Way. Pirus told police that Lee Anne asked him to kill her.

Court documents say Pirus told police that he opened the natural gas line of the dryer in the basement of the house, and tampered with the water heater's pilot light. He told police he opened the natural gas line to blow up the house because he wanted to conceal that he killed his wife. While in court, the prosecutor revealed that Pirus had his valuables all packed up in a bag the day of the explosion.

According to the search warrant filed on Wednesday, a detective conducted a search of Pirus’s cell phone and found the wall paper of his phone depicted the image of an attractive young woman in a seductive pose. Pirus described the woman as his friend Olga from Russia. Another detective found communications between Pirus and Olga indicating that she was going to come to the United States. They planned to get married. The detective said there was also evidence that Pirus was using numerous internet dating sites including match.com, plentyoffish.com and bikerplanet.com.

One of Lee Anne’s friends said he last spoke to her by text message on March 23, 2017. He said Lee Anne posted daily or multiple times per day prior to later March or early April 2017. He said the fact that Lee Anne had not posted at all since that time was extremely strange.