Oct 23, 1995, Monfils Homicide: Questioning hurt family, Basten sobs

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The Monfils trial Questioning hurt family, Basten sobs By Paul Srubas Press-Gazette Press-Gazette Press-Gazette Dale Basten broke down crying on the witness witness stand this morning as his lawyer asked him about the impact of the Tom Monfils investigation investigation on his family. Barely coherent through his tears, Basten tried to describe the effect on his children of having police come to his house to question him or take him downtown for questioning. "I told them, 'Daddy didn't call these people, they called me,' " Basten sobbed. "I was just doing my job ... I started working working there sweeping floors for $2 an hour and wish I never started . . . "The other kids would say things to them. What could they do?" His lawyer, Avram Berk, waited for Basten to compose himself and brought him tissues. Basten, Keith Kutska, Mike Piaskowski, Rey Moore, Mike Him and Mike Johnson are accused of being party to homicide in Monfils' death Nov. 21, 1992, at the James River paper mill. Basten is the fifth defendant defendant to take the stand. As the trial reaches its 24th day today, Johnson is the only defendant left to present present his defense. Most of this morning, the rest of Basten's testimony testimony was a systematic denial of several other witnesses' witnesses' earlier testimony: David Wiener had testified he saw Basten and Johnson carrying something heavy near the vat where Monfils was found the day after his disappearance at the mill. Wiener also said Basten came around the vat often in days following. Basten has denied carrying carrying anything or even being near that vat on the morning of Monfils' disappearance. disappearance. He said he talked to Wiener only once after Monfils' death, to ask about what might have happened, but he denied saying anything threatening to Wiener. "I asked him who was working with him that day," Basten said. "I must have hit a nerve, because he got up and walked away, scared white." Basten admitted demonstrating on investigators investigators and on mill personnel personnel director Jack Yusko how someone might have beaten Monfils. However, Basten denied he got caught up in the demonstration demonstration as if reliving the beating or as if it was firsthand firsthand knowledge, the way police and Yusko said. "It's just what I thought had happened . . .," Basten said. Basten denied saying anything incriminating to his cellmate in the Brown County Jail. Basten said his lawyer warned him strictly to keep quiet. Spectators are actors in dramaA-2 dramaA-2 dramaA-2

Clipped from Green Bay Press-Gazette23 Oct 1995, MonMain EditionPage 1

Green Bay Press-Gazette (Green Bay, Wisconsin)23 Oct 1995, MonMain EditionPage 1
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