Arguments made for allowing incriminating conversations
HENNEPIN — The attorneys for Clifford Andersen Jr. have argued against allowing his spouse testify in court during a motions hearing on Jan. 25.
Andersen, 67, of Standard, is charged with murdering his sister-in-law, Deborah Dewey and concealing her body. Dewey, 62, of Ladd was reported missing in August 2016, and her body was found on Sept. 12 in a shallow grave in a yard of a Standard home for which Andersen was caretaker.
The prosecution wants statements made by Andersen to his wife, as well as texts she later made to family members, to be permissible because of the fact they were lies and don't promote marital harmony or the basis of the immunity.
Andersen's lawyers, Drew Parker and his son, Robert Parker, of Peoria, said it’s a privileged communication and should be barred since it was between husband and wife.
Andersen stated he was horseback riding with an individual on a day he was sweaty, worn out and smelled like horse manure. State police spoke to the man he was supposedly riding with, and he said he hasn’t seen Andersen in more than 25 years.
Assistant Illinois Attorney General Bill Elward presented the information that the manure in question was purchased by Anderson on Sept. 2 and it was also found with Dewey's body.
Other evidence presented showed the last calls made on Dewey's phone were to Andersen. Andersen was also seen leaving Dewey's car at the Morris truck stop on Aug. 23. Authorities found the car on Aug. 29. Andersen and Dewey's DNA was also found in a vehicle wheel well.
There were several objections, arguments and case law cited. Circuit Judge Stephen Kouri is taking the issue under advisement. The next court date is scheduled at 1 p.m. on March 15, and the trial is expected to begin on May 8. Andersen remains jailed on a $150,000 cash bond.