Wlasiuk Trial: Expert Witness says Story Doesn't Add Up
6/13/2012 (Updated 11:12:21 PM)(Source: By: Kena Vernon)
An expert witness taking the stand on Wednesday at the murder trial of Peter Wlasiuk. He presented testimony prosecutors believe proves the accused man's side of the story doesn't add up.
Wednesday's testimony focused on the details of Patricia Wlasiuk's car crash. The prosecution called to the stand an officer from the Chenango County Sheriff's office.
His specialty is accident reconstruction and was at the scene the day Patricia died. The officer showed pictures and diagrams to the jury describing how Patricia's vehicle went into the lake.
The day Patricia died Peter Wlasiuk said he and his wife were in a truck. Patricia saw a deer, he says, and swerved into Guilford lake.
The accident reconstruction expert testified in court that Wlasiuk's description of his wife's death is inconsistent with what was found at the scene and there is evidence to prove it.
On the stand the officer said tire marks at the scene show the truck was traveling 30 miles per hour, slower than what Wlasiuk said.
He went on to say there is no evidence of swerving to avoid going into the water and no indication of bracing or hard steering.
The investigator told the jury he believes the truck was lead into the lake,with Patricia's body in it.
When the investigator was questioned by the defense he said at the time this was his first water crash investigation. The trial to continues on Thursday.
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