It’s important for new couples to have things in common. Being simultaneously up on murder charges usually isn’t one of them.
The Daily Mail says this may be the first time two defendants in jail on murder charges have gotten married in prison. It happened at the Orange County main jail in Santa Ana, Calif., when Marissa Star Bilotti, 20, and Iftekhar Murtaza, 26, were wed by Rev. Cynthia Richardson, who runs Jailhouse Weddings.
Murtaza has been accused, with two other people, of beating the father and sister of his ex-girlfriend to death and then setting their bodies on fire in 2007, ABC News reports. Bilotti is accused of helping a former boyfriend shoot and kill a man in 2010. Well, some girls do have a type.
The romance began when Bilotti’s cellmate suggested to Bilotti that he write to Murtaza. The two have only seen each other occasionally and have never kissed or touched; they were married through a glass window and a chain-link fence via phone by Richardson, who joked at the end “You can both blow kisses at each other.”
It’s actually not that hard to fathom; if you’re facing murder charges, having someone you just met like you, much less love you, must be dumbfounding and something you’d likely hang onto like a life raft. On the other hand, sounds like they didn’t do the both-hands-on-the-knife-cake-cutting thing, which is probably good.