What does prosecution in Peterson murder trial need to do?
Legal panel debates case
- Duration 4:33
- Date Aug 14, 2012
Legal panel debates case
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-- now are gonna move back to did you Peterson case she's back in the courtroom today the former police officer's murder trial now focusing on critical medical testimony.
From experts who examined the remains.
-- Peterson's third wife.
And Peterson is accused of killing -- audio investigators originally ruled her death an accidental drowning she was buried.
Remember that in her body was it zooms in there's been multiple stages today as I -- her body though originally was found in this empty bathtub and -- gash on the back of her head next.
-- becoming more and more important as we go throughout this case -- burns former.
Federal prosecutors that this year is -- bad GOD that a data out as it hit kind Joseph rain -- -- criminal defense attorney welcome Tebow makes an accurate that's.
As we continue to see this case dad moved from the hearsay part -- the prosecution is injured you know -- using a lot it.
She told me this up to now seven medical testimony what is key here for the prosecution.
They need two things to sort of a line absolutely perfectly in order to prevail in this case and it is possible that this is gonna happen the first thing that they need to align.
As you have what lawyers call -- battle of the experts and one expert.
Excuse me says it's an accident right and -- -- -- -- the first time around.
They then exhumed the body now they say it's a homicide -- -- have.
Pretty potent experts including doctor Baden who say it's a homicide so that gets you past step one the -- killed as opposed to it being an accident.
Step two obvious and I'm not being sarcastic -- who did it.
Whodunit whoa wait a minute it's in the house that you know he has access to and so forth any good back and hearsay evidence and then you Koppel -- -- -- and all that -- had the second alignment is.
Statements like she was afraid and he said I can tell you make it look like an accident if -- all gels and crystallize as fervently they could prevail -- and that.
This is a case to me that.
I'm not making a judgment as to whether or not he's actually innocent or guilty.
But to -- this case screams not guilty there's not enough here this.
Zero physical evidence what this judge has allowed in by way of hearsay.
To me is is quite disturbing.
This is that this is a case that is rod -- four before on appeal this that if there's a conviction will come back on appeal with the reversal that.
-- you mention the -- experts -- too I guess medical Examiner's including doctor Biden.
With interesting is that the jurors will not hear from the first -- right first medical examiner because.
He died a couple years ago so they wanted to hear from him his original findings and why he said this was an accidental.
Death having it a blow is that.
Well they may not hear from him in terms of testimony.
But I do believe they'll have his conclusions and its findings before them but what's the just thing and I've seen this many many times in trials.
You know them.
The defense side always wants a latch on to something that seems appealing in here it's like I hop they ruled an accident case closed the jurors are a lot smarter than that -- -- and they turn around and say.
That's fine and well but now they've taken a closer.
Examination and determined that it's a homicide but I've heard experts say real quick and I would -- to just have.
That the first one was in more detail -- and so that's a hard argument put.
And one of the things that and I think we'll be in this b.s and get both your perspectives on it that with the shows like CSI.
And law and order everyone thinks that there are an expert because they see you on television and they've seen.
You know medical Examiner's -- so.
And in your opinion how powerful will this testimony be for the jurors that really want the deet -- of this case and -- -- these medical examiners are connecting the dots to it being a homicide.
It's as powerful as the attorneys make it but we have what we have to put in context here is there's an original medical Examiner's report.
Where they are investigating him and looking and there's a finding that it's an accident now the prosecutors.
Are making these new a forensic pathologist on the stand that listen we're looking to prosecute somebody here so we're looking for a different cause of death.
And is -- coincidence these these forensic pathologist -- paid by the state is it coincidence that they'll now say that that that this is a homicide I don't think so.
Saying and and one of the questions that remains is what is the evidence that ties to Peterson to the crime scene as of right now have -- -- don't have to have grown up.
In the room and the -- -- tap dance on -- But I -- got to make Fred Astaire -- Is that the reason they reopened that is because the fourth wife went missing but of course that's not really before this -- and -- know that you tap dance that if I thought I have to occasion every lawyer deadlines and allow horrific attack picked Utah does it thank you as well we'll continue to watch this cases we happened John and he wears white hat and --