Jury Deliberations begin in Wlasiuk Trial

By WBNG News

Jury Deliberations begin in Wlasiuk Trial

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 25, 2008 at 5:54 PM EST

A jury is deciding a verdict in the murder trial of Peter Wlasiuk in Chenango County.

Jurors listened again to a 9-11 call reporting an accident at Guilford Lake in 2002.

In closing arguments, the District Attorney said Wlasiuk set-up an elaborate plan to murder his wife Patricia to collect life insurance benefits.

Joe McBride explained how Peter suffocated his wife at their Oxford home.

Then staged a truck accident in Guilford Lake, off Route 35.

McBride says the evidence indicates there was no accident, and that Peter drove the truck into the lake deliberately.

Defense Attorney Randy Sharf claims the prosecution's case is full of fabrications, exaggerations and lies.

Sharf accused the DA of selectively picking evidence to formulate a false time line.

The defense also claims the lake scene was not properly secured so the evidence is no good.

DA McBride finished by displaying pictures of Patricia's body to the jury.

There were bruises on her face and back.

The prosecution says its evidence Peter smothered Patricia to death.

The defense said the bruises were sustained during the the accident.

The jury began deliberations around 2 this afternoon.

They recently asked the judge for the legal definition of intent.

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