The defense in the Paul Novak murder trial calls two experts to the stand Wednesday to give their findings into the investigation into Catherine Novak's Death. YNN's Eva McKend has more on the day in court.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- The defense called a chemist and a forensic pathologist, experts they hope can present a different scenario to how Catherine Novak died.
Making chloroform isn't easy. Chemist Mallard Jennings testified it requires ventilation and the proper protective gear. He says it's highly unlikely for an untrained chemist to properly mix. The defense trying to illustrate that it was implausible for Paul Novak to do on the night he allegedly was trying "knock out" his wife, Catherine, before setting their home on fire.
Earlier in the trial, Michelle LaFrance and Scott Sherwood both testified the chemical never worked. The prosecution suggested Novak could have still made what he thought was the hazardous substance.
Forensic pathologist Charles Wetli says he doesn't believe Catherine Novak was strangled and if there was a 45 minute struggle, as LaFrance testified, there would have been marks on Catherine's body. He disagrees with a prior forensic pathologist.
"You would expect to see some markings from pressure exerted on the central neck structures as they get damaged by being pushed against the spine. You expect to see that. You may or may not see any bleeding into the strap muscles of the neck. I would expect to see petechiae. There’s just nothing here to support that," said Wetli.
Wetli also didn't rule out household electrocution as a possible cause of death, but the prosecution tried to establish the mother of two could have been strangled, her body was just too badly burned to see the wounds.
Members of Paul Novak's family are expected to take the stand Thursday.