VISALIA, California (KGPE) – Day two of the murder trial of Exeter Police Officer Daniel Green saw the defense make several claims during the hearing.
33-year-old Erika Sandoval is accused of shooting and killing her husband on February 6, 2015. The prosecution played several videos and audio recordings placing Sandoval at her ex-husbands home just hours before he was found dead.
Wednesday, her attorney Dan Chambers spoke to the jury. He said he is not going to argue about what happened but rather why it happened. He stated Sandoval was a different woman before meeting Green, and the evidence he plans to bring forward shows that Green dehumanized her.
“Dominance, manipulation, abuse,” are the words Chambers used in his opening statement to describe Green.
Chambers claims there were many instances when the Exeter Police Officer physically and psychologically abused his ex-wife Erika Sandoval.
“He had a lot of anger issues,” said Chambers.
Chambers claims there were multiple domestic violence incidents, but directly referred to one in 2010 and another in 2011.
“In one of those they were both arrested and taken to jail,” he said.
Chambers said Green was paranoid and obsessed with recording conversations he would later use to threaten to take custody of his and Sandoval’s son.
“He made the ultimate threat at least to a mother. I am going to take your child. Because I can,” Chambers said.
At the end of his opening statement, he played audio from 2013. In it, you hear their baby crying and Sandoval demands Green give her son back. Green says she hits him and they both yell and curse at each other. Not long after, Green tells Sandoval she needs to be put jail and he has everything to put her there.
“Mr. Green provokes, gets a reaction and follows with a threat,” said Chambers.
Several witnesses were called to the stand by the prosecution on Wednesday. The trial will continue Thursday at 10 a.m. in Department at the Tulare County Superior Court in Visalia.