Prosecution Rests In Wlasiuk Trial

By Lindsay Nielsen

June 25, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 12:58 AM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Prosecution rests in the third murder trial of Peter Wlasiuk in Chenango County.

He's accused of killing his wife Patricia in 2002.

It's been seemingly difficult for the family of Patricia Wlasiuk to watch the details surrounding her death unfold in front of a jury for the third time in ten years.

As the prosecution ended its testimony Monday, the last thing jurors heard was about an incident where a witness says he saw Peter Wlasiuk hit his wife Patricia in the face multiple times during an argument in 2001.

That person was not in the courtroom, but his testimony from a previous trial was read out loud.

The man said he knew the couple and was hunting near their home when he saw the fight.

He said he heard Peter threaten Patricia saying he would kill her.

Jurors also heard from an employee at NBT Bank who said hours after Patricia died, Peter called her asking how he could collect on his wife's life insurance policy.

Monday was not the first time jurors heard a conversation involving Peter talking about killing someone.

During day four of the trial, a woman who knew the Wlasiuk couple , told jurors Peter told her a year before Patricia's death that it would, "be really easy to kill someone and make it look like a drowning accident."

The prosecution said Peter beat Patricia, smothered her and killed her in the burdock bush right outside their home in Oxford.

Investigators believe he staged an accident at Guilford Lake to make it look like a drowning.

During the past two weeks jurors have heard different accounts of what Peter said in prior testimony and what others claim he told them about what happened the night Patricia died.

The defense begins its presentation Tuesday morning.