Wednesday , April 17 2024

Woman Accused of Murdering Ex-Husband was Still Romantically Involved with Victim, According to Family

New details are emerging in the case of a South Valley cop who police say was shot and killed by his ex-wife.  Erika Sandoval was arrested Saturday for the murder of Exeter police officer Daniel Green.  The two were divorced more than two years ago, but the suspect’s family says they still had an intimate relationship.   KSEE24 learned a lot more about the accused killer.  Erika’s family says she worked at a dialysis center in Visalia and say she was taking classes at the College of the Sequoias to become a registered nurse.  According to court documents we obtained, Sandoval and Green had undergone a vicious custody battle.  Family and friends of both say they had a toxic relationship, but they never thought it would end like this.

28-year-old Erica Sandoval is behind bars accused of murdering her ex-husband, 31-year-old Daniel Green. 

Green’s friend, Herb Adame says, "It’s very sad.  It’s a tragedy."

Monday, our crews went to Sandoval’s home, where she had been living with her mother and father.  Her brother, David, agreed to talk with us but not on camera.  He told us Erika was still romantically involved with Daniel up until his death.  He also says the couple’s relationship was violent and that Erica was afraid of Daniel.  Daniel’s close friend Herb Adame says he’s learning more and more about just how to tumultuous that relationship was.

Adams says, "It’s disturbing because it was that relationship that led to Daniel’s mishap; his misfortune."

The Exeter police officer was found shot and killed in his Goshen home on Friday.  According to court documents, he and Erica were married in 2010, divorced in 2012 and had a son in 2013. That same year, during a custody battle, Daniel claimed the relationship ended for good after one of his guns went missing.  He accused Erika of stealing it and said he feared for his safety.  Erika denied those accusations, claiming Green likely misplaced the firearm.

 Adame says, "It’s just an eerie thought.  You know, you’re a police officer and you don’t misplace a thing like that."

In 2011, the couple was arrested for domestic violence, but charges were never filed against either one.  In 2013, Daniel claimed Erica had grown increasingly angry and unpredictable.  The two would often exchange disturbing text messages, calling each other names and arguing about custody of their son.

Monday afternoon, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office was still waiting for the case.

Assistant Tulare County district attorney Anthony Fultz says, "Once we’ve received it, we’ll proceed to review it as quickly as possible to make a determination of whether charges are appropriate.  Once we’ve done that, we’ll be able to file charges if they are appropriate.

The District Attorney’s Office says it’s likely Sandoval will be arraigned in court sometime Tuesday afternoon. 

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