Oct 25, 1995, Monfils Homicide: Wiener testimony attacked
Wiener testimony attacked By Paul Srubas Press-Gazette Defense lawyers tried to prove this morning that David Wiener couldn't have seen two men carrying a body near the paper pulp vat where Tom Monfils' body later was found. Mike Johnson's lawyers, Eric Steam and Vance Waggoner, presented a computer-generated model to show jurors Wiener's line of vision from the chair he sat in on the morning Monfils disappeared. They argued Wiener's view would have been obstructed, and he likely couldn't have seen them where he said he did. Jim LeQuia, an accident reconstruction specialist hired by the defense, said he took numerous measurements of the vat area where Wiener worked on Nov. 21, 1992. LeQuia said he used a laser system similar to what surveyors use, and he calculated heights and distances just as he has in numerous accident cases he has reconstructed. He also used Wiener's testimony about where he sat, and the location of the two men Wiener claims he saw. LeQuia also used testimony from Wiener's co-workcr. David Webster, about the location of furniture in the room. The measurements were used to develop a scale model that was shown to the jury today. However, prosecutor Larry Lasec blasted the techniques Ix'Quia described using to measure Wiener's probable line of sight. Lasec argued that witnesses may not have been precise, especially about the location of the chair and table where Wiener sat that morning.