LAKE COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A judge has ruled spousal privilege laws prevent certain evidence from being used at trial for the wife of a police lieutenant who committed suicide and make it look like he was killed in the line of duty.
The Waukegan News Sun reports the judge ruled Wednesday texts prosecutors say prove their case of theft against Melodie Gliniewicz can’t be used at trial.
The tests between Gliniewicz and her late husband, Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, were found on his phone. The state’s attorney’s office can appeal the ruling.
Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted after her husband’s suicide in September 2015. She pleaded not guilty to charges including siphonning money from a youth policing program.