The judge in the Menendez murder case gave the defense a strategic victory Tuesday, ruling that Lyle Menendez will have to take the witness stand before prosecutors can play a tape recording of his jailhouse phone conversation with a San Fernando Valley woman who wrote a book about him.
Prosecutors said they consider the ruling a setback. But, Deputy Dist. Atty. David R. Conn added, “Once Lyle’s on the witness stand, we’ll be in a different position.”
Charles A. Gessler, defense attorney for Lyle Menendez, said, however, that there is no guarantee that his client will take the stand during the upcoming retrial.