It was a testy cross examination on Tuesday in the Paul Novak murder trial. Novak is accused of killing his wife and setting their Narrowsburg home on fire to cover up the crime. YNN's Eva McKend has more on the developments in that trial as well as an exclusive interview with a woman who says Novak is innocent.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Defense Attorney Gary Greenwald came out swinging, all in attempt to catch Paul Novak's ex-girlfriend, Michelle LaFrance, in a lie. YNN also spoke exclusively with Novak's current girlfriend who paints a very different picture of Novak.
For four years after his wife Catherine died, Paul Novak was living his life but when LaFrance came forward, that life changed.
She's a strong witness for the prosecution. LaFrance said Paul Novak strangled his wife in 2008 and set their Narrowsburg home on fire to cover up the crime.
Much of the discussion on Tuesday had little to do with the night of the alleged murder. Defense attorney Gary Greenwald spent the day trying to raise doubt on LaFrance's credibility.
Greenwald established LaFrance's promiscuous sexual history including a record of sleeping with married men. Also at issue is the sizeable amount of prescription drugs she used while under the influence of alcohol and her violent outbursts. At one point LaFrance told doctors she felt "nuts" on her medications.
Meanwhile, throughout the trial, Kathleen Delgrosso, Novak's current girlfriend has been in the courtroom. She is helping take care of his two children and claims he is innocent.
"If the unthinkable happens and Paul is convicted, will you stand by him?," Eva McKend asked.
"Yes, absolutely, 100 percent because there's appeal and I don't think he did it. Yes, I will stand by him," said Delgrosso.
On Wednesday, LaFrance will once again take the stand as cross examination by the defense continues.