Menendez spoke with Kelly about life in prison, his marriage, and what happened all those years ago
Megyn Kelly has interviewed another controversial figure for NBC News, this time hopping on the phone with Lyle Menendez, who spoke about his “regret” and why he played a role in killing his parents.
Menendez, who was charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder along with his brother Erik for the death of his parents, is currently serving life without parole. The infamous Menendez trial is the subject of the first season of NBC’s Law & Order True Crime series, which premiered on Tuesday night.
Kelly was able to speak with Lyle by phone in a two-part NBC News interview and began by asking him about his personal life. Lyle revealed that he has not seen Erik in 17 years and that he misses him “every day.” He then noted that while he does find joy in his marriage — he’s been married to Rebecca Sneed, from his hometown, for more than 10 years, and they talk on the phone regularly — life in prison “is more about trying to find meaning in life than just mere survival … than I think joy.”
The Megyn Kelly Today host then cut directly to the chase, asking Lyle why he killed his parents all those years ago. “Once I found out what was happening with my brother, I confronted my father [and] he reacted with threats,” he responded, referring to Erik’s claim that he was sexually abused by their father. “In the midst of that, that my mother got involved — we found out the extent of what she knew about it — and she made … just a bunch of arguments about it. It just an overwhelming emotional situation.” He added that because he’d never had any therapy as a child, he “buried it inside.”
Lyle expressed remorse in the second part of the interview. “I don’t think that I want in any way, looking back, to be the judge and jury of my father’s actions or my mother’s,” he said. “It’s really a regret every day, a regret every day, but at the same time, I can’t escape what happened any more than I can escape the memories of what happened to me.”
Megyn Kelly Today airs daily in the 9 a.m. hour of the Today show on NBC.