Did you ever read a story and think: this is a lose-lose situation? Nothing good can come of it? That's the best that can be said for the case of Kleber Cordova, the father accused of drowning his wife in the family bathtub while their then 8-year-old daughter watched.
See, right now, Kleber is merely accused. We don't know if he's guilty or innocent. But if a jury declares him innocent, that means that Cordova's defense attorney was successful in convincing a jury that the now-12-year-old girl is a dirty rotten liar.
See what I mean about lose-lose?
Either he's a murderer or she lied to a jury about watching him kill her mother. Not a good situation for this family at all.
I guess there really is no good resolution to a murder case. Someone is always dead at the end. But the New Jersey case is complicated by the age of the prosecution's witness. At 8 years old, the girl apparently told cops that Cordova was trying to "help" his 26-year-old wife, Eliana Torres, out of the water but couldn't do it. But she's been in court in recent days testifying the opposite. She says she actually watched the horrific murder of her own mother.
Prosecutors say the story has changed because she's no longer under the thumb of the father who (they say) manipulated her into defending him. That makes good sense to me. But here's the thing: let's say it's true. Then Kleber Cordova is a bad guy in a huge, horrible, criminal kind of way.
But, but, but, maybe it's false. OK. Let's say it's not true. Then Kleber Cordova just allowed his defense attorney to rip his own daughter to shreds in a public courtroom. Which makes him ... wait for it ... a bad dad. A dad who would be fighting for his freedom, but still, a dad who let his daughter hang out to dry.
What would be the best outcome here? Is there any way to tell?
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