The defense team representing a Texas man accused of killing his wife 45 years ago in a staged gondola disintegrate apparently called for a mistrial Wednesday after prosecutors mentioned imprisoned executioner Drew Peterson during testimony.
A prosecutor mentioned Peterson’s name when she likened the direction extinction certifications were signed for Noreen Rudd and Peterson’s third spouse Kathleen Savio, The Chicago Tribune reported .
The judge told the prosecutor that bringing up the killer’s identify was “highly prejudicial” but did not declare a mistrial.
Cook County claims that Donnie Rudd married Noreen because he wanted to kill her for $120,000 in life insurance.
Authorities initially ruled the 19 -year-old woman’s death in 1973 an accident, and the now 76 -year-old Rudd wasn’t accused until late 2015 when he was living in Sugar Land, Texas.
Rudd claimed his bride was shed from their car after another motorist moved them off a road. In his opening word, defense attorney Timothy Grace said the evidence will show Noreen died in a dreadful accident.
Dr. Hilary McElligott, medical doctors who autopsied Noreen in 2013, certified Wednesday that Noreen died from multiple blows to the brain with a blunt object, The Tribune reported.
McElligott apparently pointed out that she found no signs of defensive winds on the alleged victim.