The man who says he drove Paul Novak to Sullivan County on the night of his wife's murder was back on the stand Monday. Novak is accused of strangling his wife and setting their Narrowsburg home on fire to cover up the crime. Our Eva McKend has more from Monticello, where Scott Sherwood was cross examined by the defense.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Last week, Scott Sherwood said Paul Novak murdered his wife because Novak didn't want to end up like him. Monday in court, the defense tried to establish the two men had very different marriages.
In 2008, Scott Sherwood's wife had an order of protection against him. He couldn't regularly see his son and the court ordered he pay hefty child support payments. Sherwood says he and Novak were going through similar situations, that's why he agreed to drive Novak from Long Island to Narrowsburg on the night the former paramedic allegedly killed his wife, Catherine.
But according to defense attorney Gary Greenwald, the Novak marriage was ending amicably. The defense spent the day trying to draw inconsistencies between Sherwood's initial confession almost a year ago and what he said in his direct testimony in court last week.
Sherwood says on the day he confessed, he was giving his account of the night of December 12th, 2008 to the best of his recollection. Since sitting in jail for almost a year, certain points have come back to him. Greenwald suggested more recent details are a false version of events he's created to help the prosecution. In exchange for testifying against Novak, Sherwood will serve three to 13 years in state prison for conspiracy to commit murder, a deal he made with the DA.
Sherwood maintains Novak murdered his wife almost five years ago, strangling her when the chloroform he and Novak's ex-girlfriend, Michelle LaFrance, mixed did not "knock her out" before setting her home on fire to cover up the crime.
The defense also pulled up Sherwood's medical history, citing records that describe Sherwood as bipolar with psychotic tendencies and as having mixed mania, ADHD and anger issues. The defense will continue their cross examination Tuesday.