Opening Arguments Wrap Up In Kot Murder Trial

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Opening Arguments Wrap Up In Kot Murder Trial

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 1, 2010 at 2:29 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Defense attorneys say a former Cornell University student, accused of killing his wife, had severe mental problems.

Opening arguments in the case against 25 year old Blajez Kot were heard Thursday morning in Tompkins County Court.

Kot is accused of murdering his wife, 28 year old Caroline Coffey.

Her body was found off a running trail in Cass Park in Ithaca.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew McElwee told the court he intends to prove that Kot killed his wife, and did so intentionally.

During his opening statement, defense attorney Joseph Joch told the court Kot did kill his wife.

Joch said Kot thought he was being tested by an unknown person, and that his wife had been replaced by someone else.

Joch said that Kot believed that by killing his wife the test would stop.

He says there is no simple explanation about the actions of his client.

Attorneys started calling witnesses shortly before noon.

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