A man who is facing felony charges for a triple homicide has married a witness who is essential to the prosecution's case. Prosecutors behind the case believe that the marriage was one meant to stop the woman from testifying against the man because of Missouri's spousal privilege statute. That could spell trouble for the prosecution because most of the case against the man hinges on the testimony.
The man has denied that he was involved in the killing of his son, his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend. The man's new wife allegedly told police that the man shot the ex-girlfriend when the two were arguing and the ex-girlfriend threw something at the man. He then shot the boyfriend because he was a witness to the crime. Then, he shot his own 1-year-old son because he didn't want the cries from the baby to attract attention.
On the day of the wedding, the woman was arrested. She is being held on a $75,000 bond for two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of first-degree burglary. The man is being held on a $1 million cash bond for three counts of first-degree murder.
It is interesting to note that the spousal privilege statute in this state has a very importation exclusion. It doesn't apply to a murder case if the victim is under 18 years old. In this case, two of the victims meet that criterion.
This case shows how important it is to understand all Missouri laws that could pertain to a case. This can take considerable research for someone who isn't familiar with the law.
Source: 10 News, "Suspect marries sole witness to alleged triple murder in Missouri," Jan. 22, 2016