A new twist in the Golden State Killer saga has opened up new possibilities in the trial against Joseph DeAngelo, the man charged with several decades-old crimes.
Speaking with FOX40 News, Mark said DeAngelo, who has been behind bars for 10 months, faces a new legal hurdle as he awaits what could be California’s biggest criminal trial in state history.
Court records show DeAngelo’s wife filed for divorce in state superior court last year.
“There’s now a divorce pending, which means they’re no longer legally married, and that’s significant,” Mark said. “I think this is a treasure trove for the prosecution now. She can really be a domestic diary of the daily activities of this person.”
If the couple had remained married, defense attorneys for DeAngelo could have stopped prosecutors from forcing his wife to testify, citing spousal privilege. But now she can testify, though with certain limitations.
“She can’t talk about [specific] communications, but she can talk about observations — he wasn’t home this night, this night he came home with these clothes, this night he took the truck,” Mark said.
The trial could still be up to a year away.