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Wyoming man facing sexual assault, domestic violence charges
WYOMING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Wyoming man who got married on national television is now headed to trial on criminal sexual conduct charges involving minors.
Newschannel 3 has confirmed that Keith Luikes rejected a plea offer that would have dismissed one of two sexual assault charges he's facing.
He's also charged with domestic violence, as he's accused of attacking his now soon-to-be ex-wife Amy, who he married 5 years ago on the CMT show, "My Big Redneck Wedding."
Their marriage started on national TV.
But now, Amy Luikes, a formerly proud bride, won't even appear on camera to discuss Keith Luikes, her soon-to-be ex-husband.
I hope he gets what he deserves, Amy said.
She says the marriage turned sour and she asked her husband to move out last fall; before she ever heard of any sex crimes.
He admitted it it to several people, Amy said. He was in the hospital and admitted it in the hospital.
She says her husband confessed to her as well.
The way he said it, I knew he was telling the truth when he said it, she recalled. I don't know details, I didn't ask, I don't want to know. He repulses me!
She says nearly four months after that conversation she was leaving a grocery store in Wyoming in January.
That's when she says her husband attacked her.
The passenger door opened and he jumped in, she recalled.
Amy says he was angry she had reconciled with her oldest son's father.
He wanted to know if that was true. Was I really moving on? Did I really want a divorce? Amy said. I told him yes, I was seeing somebody else and I really wanted a divorce.
She says Keith was infuriated.
I was in the driver seat. He tried to pull me out through the passenger seat, she said of his response. (He) chased me around the parking lot while I was screaming and yelling, 'somebody help me! Call 911!'
And people were standing with their hands in their pockets watching.
But with her husband in jail, her concern is no longer for herself.
"I feel bad for the victims, Amy said. That they're going to be victimized again and have to go to trial over this."