Edgar Steele will be allowed to visit with his wife and alleged victim today before deciding if he will testify today in his murder—for-hire trial in U.S. District Court in Boise.
Steele's lawyer, Robert McAllister, said his client requested the meeting.
“At this time i think it's appropriate that he get a chance to consult with his wife about decisions in this case,” McAllister said.
Edgar and Cyndi Steele have have been allowed to meet in jail once a week since last fall, but they have been prohibited from discussing the case.
Prosecutors objected to the request because they may recall Cyndi Steele as a reputable witness if Edgar testifies, and they fear he may try to influence her.
But Judge B. Lynn Winmill said he saw no reason not to allow the couple to meet for 10-15 minutes with defense lawyers present.
Winmill said his decision was based on the unusual circumstance of Cyndi Steele not believing the government's case and supporting her husband.
“It's a very unique situation for that reason,” Winmill said. “I guess I just see no purpose in maintaining no contact order.”
Physical contact is prohibited.