Wlasiuk Trial: Day 4 Testimony

By Lindsay Nielsen

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 13, 2012 at 1:51 AM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

Many of the first witnesses called have had a hard time remembering events of the night Patricia Wlasiuk of Oxford died in 2002.

On day four of testimony, several people who took the stand said they do remember word for word conversations they had with her husband, Peter Wlasiuk.

He's on trial for murder in Chenango County Court.

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

The woman went on to say Peter told her exactly how to make it look like an accident by drowning the person with water from Guilford Lake before putting them into the lake and that you had to be quote "smart".

A nurse who worked with Patricia Wlasiuk at Sidney Hospital testified she talked with Peter there when Patricia was pronounced dead.

She told jurors Peter did not show emotion and did not cry when she told him his wife was dead.

She also said she noticed scratch marks on Peter's neck.

The defense attempted to discredit some of that witnesses testimony by highlighting differences in previous statements.

The nurse testified that when asked about donating Patricia's organs, Peter said repeatedly quote "Take all the organs you want, I have to get her cremated right away."

The nurse also said, as other witnesses have over the past few days, that Peter had no signs of hypothermia.

A Chenango County Sheriff's Deputy read to jurors a deposition he took from Peter the night Patricia died.

In it, Peter said Patricia was driving and when she swerved to avoid hitting a deer their truck went into Guilford Lake.

He said he attempted to get Patricia out of the truck.

On Tuesday, jurors were read previous testimony from Peter where he changed his story and said the couple turned around because he felt Patricia had been drinking,

Peter said when she turned around aggressively in the road the truck went into the lake.

In that statement he admitted he lied about the deer story in an attempt to protect his wife from arrest.

Multiple witnesses also said while they attended to Peter, he did not ask how his wife was doing.

The trial continues Wednesday morning.