I love a good rom-com chick-flick.
This particular love story, though? Not so much.
It turns out a Kansas man, Joseph Nelson, who has been charged with shooting dead three people (including his one-year-old son), has married his crime’s only witness.
Nelson has been charged with killing his ex-girlfriend, 17-year old Bianca Fletcher, their one-year-old son and Fletcher’s new boyfriend on September 8 on a private residence. While Davis was present when the shootings took place, and provided an eyewitness account of events to police immediately after the event, her statements may now be redundant under the state’s spousal privilege law.
Supposedly aware of this legal loophole, the pair quickly wed on December 7, before prosecutors were granted permission by the court to formally interview Davis. On their wedding day, Nelson was in his jail cell, while up on a $1 million cash bond and facing three charges of first-degree murder.
Watch the Jackson County prosecutor detail the charges in triple homicide below (post continues after video).
It wasn’t exactly a conventional big day for the bride, either. On the day she tied the knot with Nelson, Davis was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of tampering with evidence.
She is currently bailed on $75,000 bond.
Local county prosecutors have expressed concerns about the recent marriage, believing it could put the state’s case in jeopardy and prevent them from reaching a conviction.
“It is alleged that (her) actions were intentional efforts to hinder the prosecution of a triple homicide,” the state said in a court motion.
A law professor at the University of Missouri, Frank O Bowman, says under state law it is likely Davis will be exempt from testifying against her now-husband.
“The privilege covers essentially the active testimony about anything, whether it occurred before, during or after the marriage,” Bowman told The Kansas City Star.
Although, there is an exception in Missouri’s spousal privilege law which says it does not apply if the murder victim is under the age of 18. Two of the people killed on September 8 were under 18.
“If you have three homicides to be tried in unison, I’m not exactly sure how you split (them up). I guess the question arises, in order to get that testimony, what does the prosecution have to do?” Bowman said.
We certainly hope there’s a way to put Nelson behind bars for good.