*He’s been out of the public eye ever since fatally shooting unarmed teen Michael Brown in August, but police officer Darren Wilson managed to secretly marry his girlfriend, fellow Ferguson cop Barbara Spradling, during a ceremony in October.
The 28-year-old, awaiting news on whether he will stand trial for fatally shooting unarmed black teen Michael Brown in August, tied the knot with his 37-year-old colleague Spradling, a 10-year veteran of the suburban St. Louis police force, on Oct. 24.
The couple, who share a home in nearby Crestwood, Mo., applied for a license last month in Clayton and were married in Oakland, Mo., by a municipal judge, according to the New York Times.
One of the witnesses to the union was Greg Kloeppel, one of Wilson’s attorneys.
Both of the officers were previously married – Wilson’s divorce from Ashley Brown was finalized a year ago, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That marriage lasted about two years.
Wilson, who has not been seen in public since the mid day Aug. 9 shooting, and Spradling have disappeared from their shared home after Wilson was identified as the shooter. Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was shot six times during a confrontation that remains in dispute.
A grand jury, which convened Aug. 20, is expected to make a decision any day on whether to indict Wilson in the killing.
The news of the marriage comes shortly after a CNN report that the reclusive Wilson has secretly met with at least five high-profile TV anchors in anticipation of a tell-all interview.
The cop and a rep have met with NBC’s Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos of ABC, Scott Pelley from CBS and Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon from CNN. The latter two confirmed the meetings on Twitter, though Cooper said Wilson chose not to do a sit-down with him.
Such pre-interviews are standard operating procedure for big network gets, according to CNN. It’s unclear when or where these meetings took place, and it’s unclear where Wilson has spent his time awaiting the grand jury decision.
Wilson is expected to resign from the Ferguson police force, whether he’s charged or not. Spradling has not publicly made a decision on her future, and it’s unclear whether she has been working since the shooting.
So complete has Wilson’s vanishing act been, though, that he has failed to show up in court to testify in cases, leading in at least one instance to the dismissal of felony drug charges against a suspect.
He’s been on paid administrative leave during the investigation into the officer-involved killing.