Former Chipley chiropractor charged in wife's murder

Michael A. Wohlschlaeger

Former owner of Chipley Chiropractic and Sports Injuries Clinic, Michael A. Wohlschlaeger

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Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 09:22 PM.

Former owner of Chipley Chiropractic and Sports Injuries Clinic, Michael A. Wohlschlaeger, has been indicted for the murder of his fifth wife, 59-year-old Shirley Seitz of Alabama.

Wohlschlaeger, 62, is charged with capital murder in Seitz's 2010 death. Her family has stated in public reports they have long suspected he was guilty of her murder for the purpose of financial gain. Seitz had previously received a $1 million inheritance after a former husband passed away.

The former Chipley chiropractor was also suspected of attempting to poison his third wife, Chipley resident Gloria Potts, to whom he was married from 1981 to 1995. Potts was contacted by the victim's daughter while she was investigating Wohlschlaeger's past. Published reports state Potts told Seitz's family Wohlschlaeger "hit her with a mallet in the back of her head and then tried to smother her in their bed."

Wohlschlaeger was never charged in connection with crimes against Potts, however, he was found guilty of arson in the 1990s in connection with a blaze at his Chipley chiropractic office.

According to police reports, Wohlschlaeger alleged he was attacked in the office by an assailant who then set the building on fire. An officer stated he observed Wohlschlaeger "just standing across the street watching the fire and smelling of diesel fuel."

Wohlschlaeger was found guilty of arson and received 15 years of probation.

Meanwhile, Wohlschlaeger continues to maintain his innocence, claiming Seitz died in a fall down the stairs of their Baldwin County, Ala home. an autopsy revealed Seitz's cause of death to be "blunt force trauma to the head." If convicted, Wohlschlaeger could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

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