The defense begins calling witnesses in the Paul Novak murder trial. Novak is accused of strangling his wife, Catherine, and setting their Narrowsburg home on fire. YNN's Eva McKend joined us from the courtroom with more on what happened in court Friday.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Since 2008, at one point or another, more than 20 New York State Police investigators have been involved in the Novak case. The defense begins making their case by calling those police to the stand.
In response to an aggressive round of questioning from the defense, investigator Will Young admits to lying to Scott Sherwood, saying "Yes, I did lie to him sir."
Young was the investigator who questioned Scott Sherwood last year. Young testified he told Sherwood that Paul Novak told him he gave Sherwood money for his involvement in the alleged murder of Catherine Novak. Young, however, never actually spoke to Novak.
Police are allowed to lie during interrogations as a tactic to get people to confess.
Sherwood confessed to Young almost immediately. It's the details of that confession the defense took issue with.
Defense attorney Gary Greenwald said what Young describes as Sherwood's "added details" are inconsistencies. Sherwood originally said the car stopped once on the way back from the alleged murder, later on, Sherwood said they stopped twice. He once said he saw a glow from the fire, then he said he didn't.
The prosecution asked Young if in large part Sherwood's account of critical details has been consistent. Young said that it has.
Janet Calengelo, a corporal in the jail division, also took the stand, speaking to Sherwood's mind state when he signed an affidavit from the jail he now says was completely false.
"His state has been as it always has been. He is always coming in teary eyed when he speaks to me," said Calengelo.
State Police were also questioned about their destruction of Catherine Novak's charred clothing after they closed the case by investigation in 2009. The prosecution pushed back establishing the clothing wasn't destroyed until three months before Michelle LaFrance came forward.