Defense Rests, Asks For Dismissal In Wlasiuk Trial

By Lindsay Nielsen

June 27, 2012 Updated Jun 27, 2012 at 11:46 PM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A woman opens up to Action News about watching the third trial of a man accused of killing her friend Patricia Wlasiuk.

Patricia's husband Peter is charged with murder.

His defense has now rested its case.

Pat Grant says she was one of Patricia Wlasiuk's best friends,
and that this trial has been just as difficult as the last two.

When referring to Peter Wlasiuk, Grant said, "I know he's guilty, I have to believe in the system."

Grant said she has not missed a day of all three trials in the past 10 years.

She said she is confident this jury will come back with a guilty verdict.

Grant gets upset while talking about her observations in the courtroom.

She noted that she did not see Peter cry or look when autopsy photos were shown of his wife. But he did cry Wednesday when another woman took the stand.

Joyce Worden, who looked after the couple's kids, said she was romantically involved with the couple at Patricia's request.

Worden said Peter would get angry when Patricia would drink. On several occasions, Worden said Peter threatened to kill Patricia.

Worden said he was mad about her drinking the night she died and the couple argued.

She told the jury that on one occasion, Peter told her he lied when he said Patricia had swerved to hit a deer, and told her that Patricia had intentionally drove into Guilford Lake.

After resting Wednesday , the defense asked for a dismissal from Judge Joseph Cawley, but that request was denied.

Attorney Mark Loughran said the prosecution did not prove intent or present adequate evidence to prove Peter Wlasiuk killed his wife.

Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday morning.

Peter Wlasiuk did not take the stand.