As the murder trial of Allan Kustok entered its twelfth day, court proceedings slowed to a crawl Thursday as dueling forensics experts offered competing explanations of how blood ended up on Kustok’s clothing the morning his wife died.
The prosecution rested its case after a grueling three-day cross-examination of crime scene recreation expert, Rod Englert, came to a close. That set the stage for Paul Kish, the defense’s competing blood-spatter expert, to testify at the Bridgeview courthouse.
Meanwhile, a spectacle-like atmosphere developed outside the courtroom, as word spread that Sarah Kustok – a former Comcast Sports Network broadcaster – may take the stand on her father’s behalf.
Sarah Kustok, who now works in New York as a reporter covering the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, was spotted inside the courthouse over the lunch recess.
She left without testifying, but not before drawing several TV cameramen, who chased her as she walked from the courthouse, according to several eyewitnesses.
Back inside the courtroom, where her father stands accused murdering her mother, jurors and audience members appeared to nod off while testimony from blood-spatter gurus took up most of the day.
Previously, Englert delivered testimony that indicated Allan Kustok, 63, likely shot Anita “Jeanie” Kustok in the face while she lay in bed at the couple’s sprawling Orland Park home on Sept. 29, 2010.
Englert based his findings on crime-scene blood-spatter patterns, which, when coupled with the fatal bullet’s trajectory, suggested a gunman shot Jeanie Kustok at close range while standing alongside the couple’s bed.
But Kish, the rival blood-spatter expert, testified that Englert’s findings were incorrect.
Kish argued that blood found on the front side of Kustok’s clothing was not spatter from a gunshot wound. Rather, he testified, the blood was transferred after the shooting took place, when Allan Kustok came into contact with items that already had his wife’s blood on them.
“This is textbook. That blood clot was deposited on there when it had already coagulated,” Kish said, gesturing to the bloody T-shirt — bearing the phrase “No Excuses” — that Allan Kustok wore the morning his wife died.