Testimony Moves From Lake to Wlasiuk Home: Day 5

By Lindsay Nielsen

June 13, 2012 Updated Jun 13, 2012 at 9:23 PM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For the first time in the Wlasiuk murder trial, testimony moved from a scene at Guilford Lake to Peter and Patricia Wlasiuk's home in Oxford.

Also, a witness testified about his observations from an accident reconstruction.

Testimony heard on day five of the Peter Wlasiuk murder trial indicates a link between Guilford Lake where his wife's body was found and their home.

Peter Wlasiuk is accused of killing his wife Patricia in 2002.

An employee at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel told jurors he was preparing Patricia's body for services when he found a large amount of burdock in her hair.

That type of bush was found around the Wlasiuk's home and became evidence.

Chenango County Detective Kevin Powell told jurors he found hair on a burdock bush at the house.

Powell also said he found burdock on a pair of hiking boots he removed from the Guilford Lake scene.

In opening statements last week, the prosecution told jurors it would prove that Peter beat Patricia, smothered her and killed her in the burdock bush right outside there home.

Another member of the Chenango County Sheriff's Office, Richard Cobb, performed an accident reconstruction.

He told jurors his findings do not match up with any of Peter's accounts of what happened the night Patricia died.

He believes Patricia was in the bed of the truck when it went into Guilford lake.

At one point Peter said he got himself out of the vehicle by opening the passenger side door, but Cobb responded that if the door was opened underwater it wouldn't have been shut and locked when it was pulled out of the water.

The prosecution says it hopes to finish up with its witnesses by the end of next week.

The trial continues Thursday morning.