A woman who admitted to pushing her husband out of a 25th floor window, falling 17 stories to his death has been charged with second degree murder.
Monday evening Amber Hilberling was charged in connection with the death of Josh Hilberling.
When she was arrested, she was originally booked into the Tulsa County Jail on a first degree murder complaint.
The charges have since been lowered, and she is now charged with second degree murder. The Tulsa County District Attorney's office also filed an alternative charge of first degree manslaughter.
On June 7th, 2011, officers were called to the University Club Tower apartments. When they arrived, they found the body of Josh Hilberling. Witnesses told police they could hear the couple arguing, and then a loud crash.
Police arrested his pregnant wife Amber for the death of Josh, after he fell from the window and landed on a parking garage.
The arraignment was originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, but Amber Hilberling's attorney, Jasen Corns, says safety issues prompted the court to secretly move it up to Monday evening. Corns says numerous threats against his client were posted on Facebook. He says he alerted the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office about the threats, and asked them to have extra security at the court to keep her safe for her arraignment Tuesday. Instead, the Sheriff's Office discussed the matter with Judge Millie Otey, who decided to move the arraignment up.
Friends and family members say although married a year; it had already been a rocky marriage. Records show a protective order was filed earlier this year on May 10th against Amber, by Josh. That report was filed after an incident occurred where Josh claims Amber threw a lamp at his head, requiring stitches. The order was later dismissed, after the two failed to show up in court.
However, her attorney says it was the other way around, and that Amber suffered abuse from the hands of Josh.
She was released from jail on June 8th, and is currently out on a $250,000 bond.
The judge placed certain restrictions on Amber Hilberling at her arraignment, ordering her to stay in Tulsa County and wear a GPS ankle monitor. The judge also ordered her not to have any contact with Josh Hilberling's family, including through phone calls or text messages, e-mail, or online.
The order of no contact will be lifted when Amber delivers her baby. Josh Hilberling was the father. The baby is due in early August.