Oct 27, 1995, Monfils Homicide: Case closer to the jury: Arguments end toda7 pg 1

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FRIDAY, October 27, 1995 P ft ftGD pn?S7 Closing arguments Closing arguments In the Tom Monfils homicide trial began Thursday morning, the prosecution presented its case first; defense lawyers now are presenting their individual cases. The arguments are expected to conclude sometime today, sending the case to the jurors. m The Monfils trial The prosecution John Zakowski, arguing for the state: The defendants have involved themselves in "lies upon lies" in their efforts to distance themselves from Tom Monfils' death. But all are linked to Keith Kutska and his playing of a tape that's the "epicenter" of the case. The tape was of Monfils anonymously telling police Kutska planned to steal an extension cord from the mill. Kutska's repeated playing of the tape lea mm and five other angry men , - nis co-aetendants - to confront J Monfils near a bubbler. One or more beat him. Kutska could have used his influence to tell Piaskowski to get a rope and weight for Monfils' body, Moore and Him to act as . lookouts and Basten and Johnson to dump Monfils in the vat. I I .-""V S V I O ss,- r - i John Zakowski Keith Kutska Royce Finne, arguing for Keith Kutska: At least three people working in the paper machine area that morning say they never saw any such confrontation by the bubbler. A worker hauling rolls of paper through that area at the time prosecutors say Monfils was killed also never saw such a confrontation. No one described any of the defendants as bloodied or acting unnaturally after that point. And testimony by millworkers doesn't show an element central to the state's case an intense, boiling rage against Monfils. The witness who used the word "angry" about co-work- i ers listening to the tape never felt scared enough to alert management. f iii'i i 'mirtmnmm i v , Royce Finne Mike Piaskowski Tim Pedretti, arguing for Mike Piaskowski: Piaskowski is linked to the case because he made some mistakes: He agreed to act as a witness for Kutska, and he tried to get Monfils in trouble by reporting him missing from his work site. Piaskowski agreed to witness Kutska playing the tape for Monfils to get Monfils to admit he was the tipster. Piaskowski showed his innocence by telling police early in the investigation that he saw where Monfils parked his car that morning. Witnesses placed Piaskowski around the No. 7 and No. 9 paper machines all morning. That's where prosecutors say Monfils was beaten, but they could be wrong about the scene of the beating. 'I ' "- UIWWIS j - : ........ ; '-aimF 1.H ! Tim Pedretti Rey Moore Robert Parent, arguing for Rey Moore: A jailhouse informant who says Moore implicated himself in Monfils' beating also says inaccurately that Kutska and others met to arrange a plan to confront Monfils days before he died. And prosecutors haven't shown any basis for describing Moore as a strong union activist, an apparent prosecution belief behind Moore's motives. Moore has strong beliefs about "scabs" - who he says are non-union members taking a union person s job - but this case doesn't involve that accusation. A prosecution witness who testified he saw Moore generally near the vat where Monfils' body , was found places Moore there at 7:30 a.m. - at a time while Monfils was still alive and working. 1 ;d I il if, iff! Robert Parent Difficult Arguments likely to end today By Anne Klemm and Paul Srubas Press-Gazette Two defense lawyers have attacked the state's theory of how and where Tom Monfils was killed to cast doubt on who was responsible for his death. "There is doubt all over this case," Royce Finne, lawyer for defendant Keith Kutska, told jurors Thursday. A third defense lawyer, Robert Parent - representing Rey Moore -was continuing his closing argument this morning. Three other defense lawyers are expected to wrap up their arguments today. That will leave jurors to weigh the evidence against six men charged with being party to homicide in Monfils' death Nov. 21, 1992, at the James River paper mill. They are Kutska, Moore, Dale Basten, Mike Hirn, Mike Johnson and Mike Piaskowski. A prosecutor argued Thursday they confronted Monfils because he tipped police that Kutska planned to steal an extension cord from the mill. One or more of the defendants then beat Monfils, and the six conspired to get rid of his body in a paper pulp vat, Brown County District. Attorney John Zakowski said. However, there's nothing showing that six people were required to inflict Monfils' injuries, Finne told jurors. Fewer could have been involved if Monfils was hit on the head, then kicked repeatedly while unconscious, he said. Finne also cast doubt on whether Monfils was taken to the vat right after being beaten. Monfils could have been rolled Please see ArgumentsA-2

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