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They both said “I do” after he said “I didn’t do it.”
An Ohio woman married a man convicted of killing her half-brother in the 1980s, with the couple exchanging vows while he’s on house arrest awaiting a retrial, reports said.
Crystal Straus and John Tiedjen began their strange courtship when she wrote him a letter saying she forgave him for killing Brian McGary in 1987.
“And I wrote her a letter back and I said I didn’t do it, take a look at this stuff,” Tiedjen, 57, told News 5 Cleveland. “I believe in God too, and I know things about it, but I didn’t do it.”
Tiedjen got out of prison July 22 after he was granted a new trial based on a slew of images and missing police reports, Boston 25 reported.
It’s no given he’ll be found not guilty the second time around.
“We’ll get through this,” Straus said, according to News 5. “It’s going to be a challenge, there’s no doubt about it.”
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office thinks it still has a solid case, telling News 5 it has evidence Tiedjen asked a friend to dispose of the gun that killed McGary. Tiedjen’s attorneys have argued evidence points to McGary having committed suicide.
McGary, who was Tiedjen’s roommate, was found dead in their apartment with a stab wound and a fatal gunshot wound to the head, reports said. After intense interrogation, Tiedjen signed a statement that said he shot his roomie in self-defense, Boston 25 stated.
Tiedjen popped the question to Straus on the phone on New Year’s 2020, when they weren’t sure he’d ever get out of prison, the Washington Post reported.
“It’s definitely not a fairy tale,” Kendall Corral said of the romance, according to the Post. “But it’s so genuine.”