Forensics Evidence By Prosecution & Defense In Scher Trial

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 11, 2008 at 6:22 PM EDT

Three forensic pathologists testify during a 3 decades old murder trial in Susquehanna County.

67 year old Stephen Scher is accused of killing Montrose attorney Martin
Dillon at a Silver Lake hunting camp in June, 1976.

Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Dr. Isador Mahilikis examined Martin Dillon's body nearly 20 years after he was killed.

Stephen Scher is accused of shooting and killing Dillon at a Silver Lake hunting camp in 1976.

Scher originally told police that Dillon tripped and fell on his gun while chasing after a porcupine.

But at his 1997 trial, Scher changed his story to say the two men struggled over the gun and it accidentally went off.

Both pathologists testified that neither story is possible because the gun was about 3 feet away from Dillon when it was fired.

They also say it's not possible for Dillon to have his left hand on the muzzle of the gun, like Scher said when it went off because his arm was too short.

The prosecution then rested its case.

The defense called a forensic pathologist that claimed Scher's story of a struggle could be very possible.

Dr. Cyril Wecht's testimony from the 1997 trial was read to the court .

Wecht says after investigating the evidence, his opinion is that the shooting was an accident.

And in his opinion, the gun was less than a foot away from Dillon when it was fired.

The defense is expected to wrap up it's case Wednesday morning.

Closing arguments are expected to be heard in court Thursday.

It's expected the jury will start deliberations Thursday afternoon.

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