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Sheila Davallo

Summary: Conversations between married couple’s are only protected when it involves their marriage or themselves ruled the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a convicted killer from having her conversations with her husband protected from trial. Sheila Davallo, 46, of Pleasantville, New York was convicted by a jury of murdering 32-year-old Anna-Lisa Raymundo.

  
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Confidentiality laws protect a married couple’s conversation but in this case, the ruling judge allowed the testimony from Davallo’s husband to be used in court and the Supreme Court upheld that decision. Davallo was found guilty of stabbing Raymundo around 20 times in her condo because she was having a sexual relationship with the same man, Nelson Sessler. Prosecutors claimed that Davallo wanted Sessler all to herself. The three worked together at Purdue Pharma, a Stamford-based pharmaceutical company.

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The Supreme Court ruled together 7-0 against Davallo, stating that her self-incriminating statements were not “induced by the affection, confidence, loyalty and integrity of the marital relationship” so they were not confidential. Davallo’s husband, Paul Christos, testified that his wife talked about a “Melissa” at work and the intimate details of her relationship with “Jack” and his girlfriend “Anna Lisa.”

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His testimony also included statements that Davallo borrowed night-vision binoculars and an eavesdropping device as well as the capabilities to pick locks. While her public defender argued that Davallo only told her husband about the details because of their marriage, prosecutors disagreed, stating she was enlisting his help.



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Davallo was first identified as a suspect in Raymundo’s murder after she attempted to murder Christos months later. She enticed him to play a game where he was handcuffed and blindfolded where she then stabbed him with a paring knife but he survived. She was convicted of attempted murder and given 25 years.

She will also serve the 50-year prison sentence for Raymundo’s murder.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/court-killers-conversations-husband-confidential-36031938

Photo: stamfordadvocate.com



 

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