Marriage ruling appealed in Alaska murder case

Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The March trial of an Anchorage man accused of killing a neighbor could be delayed as his lawyers appeal a ruling that his marriage to a woman on the witness list is invalid.

Lawyers for 29-year-old Joshua Wade say he legitimately married 46-year-old Lisa Andrews, thereby invoking the spousal privileges that bars her from testifying against him.

U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline ruled Sept. 2 the marriage wasn't legal because it was conducted over the telephone.

Wade is accused of kidnapping and killing Mindy Schloss, a 52-year-old nurse practitioner. Her body was found in September 2007 in a wooded area of Wasilla after she had been missing for weeks.

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