Cyndi Steele Takes Stand in Trial Against Husband - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Cyndi Steele Takes Stand in Trial Against Husband

BOISE, Idaho - Cyndi Steele took the stand as the prosecution's witness in federal court today. She is the alleged victim in a murder-for-hire plot by her husband Edgar Steele. However, she says her husband is innocent.

This is the third day prosecutors have been making their case against Edgar Steele. He is accused of hiring Larry Fairfax to strap a bomb to the bottom of his wife's car to detonate as she drove to her mother's house in Oregon.

The prosecution believes the motive behind the murder-for-hire plot is because Edgar Steele had been involved in an online relationship with a woman in Ukraine, and didn't want to have to go through the divorce process with his wife. The prosecution has over 14,000 emails sent between Steele and the Ukrainian woman, but Cyndi says she knew all about them and that her husband had been trying to unfold an international bride scam. The prosecution says Cyndi has been so heavily influenced by Edgar that she believes whatever he tells her is true. Cyndi, however, is adamant that her husband is innocent and being framed.

"She was hostile up on the stand," said Meghann Cuniff, Spokesman-Review reporter from inside the courtroom. "She thinks this is all a conspiracy. She mentioned her husband told her about threats they've been getting over the years. She's always mentioned the anti-defamation league she thought were out to get them"

On Monday the prosecution is expected to bring the Ukrainian woman involved in this case to the stand. That is expected to be the prosecution's final witness before they close their case. The defense will start their case immediately after.

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