Judge Garrett Page ruled Monday that the alleged recorded confession Melissa Haskell made while sitting in a car with her ex-husband last year was not coerced and can be heard by a jury. Her attorney says his client was manipulated.
Haskell was charged after prosecutors reopened the case following a tip from the 38-year-old woman’s former husband.
Her attorney says the woman was coerced into confessing on tape by her husband during a child custody battle.
Defense attorney Martin Mullaney revealed in court that his client, Erin Miller of Spring City, was drunk and behind the wheel of a car that crashed in Berks County last month, injuring two friends.