Day two of jury deliberations in the Paul Novak trial in Sullivan County have wrapped up. Novak is charged with murdering his estranged wife, Catherine, and then setting the house on fire to cover up the crime. Eva McKend has more.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. – Thursday was day two of jury deliberations in the Paul Novak trial in Sullivan County and there is still no verdict.
Novak is charged with murdering his estranged wife, Catherine, in 2008 and then setting the house on fire to cover up the crime.
For a second time, the jurors asked for a read back of Thomas Decker's testimony. Decker was Novak and LaFrance's landlord and said he didn't hear or see anyone leave or enter the Long Island house on the night of December 12th, 2008. Decker said he would have noticed the alleged activity Michelle LaFrance and Scott Sherwood testified to because if Sherwood entered that night, he would have set of the motion sensor light.
Jurors also wanted to hear a read back of Will Gonzalez's testimony. A witness for the prosecution, the Jamaica Hospital paramedic testified Novak once told him the best way to get rid of evidence is to use fire.
"Question: You never heard anyone going up the steps or down the steps, correct? Answer: Yes," read court stenographer Barbara VanBlarcum.
"Answer: He turned to me and said 'you don't have to commit the perfect crime.' Answer: Did you answer him? Answer: Not immediately, but then after a couple of seconds, I saw that he wasn't telling me the answer, so I said how? Question: What did he tell you? Answer: He said fire because you get rid of all the evidence," read court stenographer JC Conrow.
Jurors also wanted to see a photo from when the Novak's had their vows renewed as well as Catherine Novak's autopsy report. The jury will be back in the morning to continue deliberations.