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Cop in 'spray tan' trial testifies about affair

NEED TO KNOW
  • Adam Kaufman is on trial for allegedly strangling his wife
  • The case made headlines when Kaufman's attorney suggested his wife died due to an allergic reaction to spray tan
  • On Thursday, a detective admitted to having an affair with the lead investigator on the case
Cop in 'spray tan' trial testifies about affair

The courtroom got heated in the Adam Kaufman murder trial as an
 Aventura, Florida, police detective admitted to having an affair with 
the lead investigator.



Kaufman is on trial for allegedly killing his wife, Lina, in November 2007.
 The case made national headlines in 2009 when Kaufman's defense
 suggested she died from an allergic reaction to a spray tan.



During opening statements Monday, the defense made no reference to the 
spray tan theory, and instead, blamed the death on an undiagnosed
 heart problem that caused fainting spells.

Defense attorney William
 Matthewman also said the investigation was botched. 

Detective Anna Howell's admission that she misrepresented her 
relationship with the lead investigator may affect how the jury 
perceives her.



On Wednesday, Howell testified that she didn't socialize with lead 
investigator Anthony Angelo outside of work. But after testifying, 
Howell talked to prosecutors about the exact nature of her relationship 
with Angelo. 

So Thursday morning, prosecutors called Howell back to the stand and she 
admitted to having an affair with Angelo. When Howell was done 
testifying she stormed out of the courtroom and opened the door to 
the courtroom so forcefully it hit the wall.



In Session's law enforcement analyst Mike Brooks says Howell's 
inconsistencies on the stand could support the defense's theory that the
 police work wasn't as thorough as it should have been. Brooks also says
 that not only does Howell's admission hurt her credibility in Kaufman's 
trial, but it will also hurt her credibility if she ever testifies in
 future trials. And Howell's job may be in jeopardy, said Brooks.



What happened to Lina Kaufman?



Kaufman told police that he found his wife non-responsive in the master
 bedroom of their home in the early morning hours of November 7, 2007.
 Kaufman called 911, and the operator coached him on how to administer
 CPR.



Kaufman told first responders he was at home all night with his wife and 
children, but a short time later, police say they noticed that the hood 
of his car was hot to the touch. He also told the first responders he 
found his wife kneeling in front of the toilet bowl as if she were about 
to vomit. Kaufman later told emergency room doctors he found his wife 
seated on the toilet with her body forward and neck leaning on a 
magazine rack. 



Prosecutors say Adam Kaufman choked his wife to death, and the deep 
bruising on her neck proves it.



The autopsy revealed marks on her neck indicating deep tissue injuries. 
For almost a year and a half medical examiners listed the cause of death 
as undetermined. Eventually, her death was ruled a homicide with
 "mechanical asphyxiation" as the cause of death. This means something,
 or someone, applied external pressure to Lina's neck, preventing her
 from breathing.




A twist in the case



In an unusual twist, Lina Kaufman's parents are actually listed on the 
defense's witness list. Matthewman said in a pre-trial hearing that
 her parents will testify in support of their son-in-law's
 position that he did not kill their daughter.



Watch the trial live on In Session on truTV and when you can't watch,
 follow the trial on Twitter #AdamKaufman.


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