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Spousal privilege causes dropped murder solicitation charge

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Prosecutors have dropped charges against a Chesapeake woman who had been accused of trying to persuade her husband to kill her sister-in-law because state law barred the man from testifying against his spouse.

The charges against Amy Klutz, 43, were dropped in April, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

According to court documents, Klutz’s husband had an affair with the sister-in-law. Klutz told her husband that he had to kill the sister-in-law to make amends.

Prosecutors say their only evidence came from Klutz’s husband, including a recorded conversation. But they are barred from using it because Klutz asserted marital privilege.

Klutz’s lawyer said her client was innocent regardless of the spousal privilege.

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