Oct 27, 1995, Monfils Homicide: Case closer to the jury: Arguments end toda pg 2

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A-2 A-2 A-2 Friday. October 27, 1995 Green Bay Press-Gazette Press-Gazette Press-Gazette From A-1 A-1 A-1 Arguments in paper and hidden for a few minutes minutes until being taken away by a forklift, Finne said. He could have been put in the vat that evening, he said. The only testimony linking defendants Johnson and Basten to throwing Monfils in the vat that morning was from David Wiener, a man who lied on the stand about writing a quasi-religious quasi-religious quasi-religious saying in a phone book near the Monfils' family listing, Finne said. Finne also asked jurors to remember remember their visit to the mill, which occurred at the start of the trial "Can you think of a less likely place" for a group beating of Monfils? Finne said. The bubbler area suggested by prosecutors as the site of the beating beating is in a main thoroughfare where workers could have seen -but -but testified they didn't see - such a confrontation, Finne said. The state also suggests the defendants defendants were able to clean up that supposed crime scene so effectively, effectively, even special black-light black-light black-light equipment equipment couldn't find trace evidence, he said. He also pointed out that Piaskowski and Kutska, who presumably presumably would want to cover up a crime, were involved in alerting mill authorities that Monfils was missing from the job that morning. Radio, TV will break with verdict Press-Gazette Press-Gazette Press-Gazette All six Green Bay television and radio news staffs plan to break into regular programming programming with coverage of the verdicts verdicts in the Monfils trial, whenever whenever they come. The timing of the jury's ver dicts is anybody's guess. "They could come in at 8 o'clock in the morning, they could come in at 11 o'clock at night ... or could go into the wee hours," said Juli Buehler, Channel 11 's news director. "Then it becomes, 'OK, now how do we cover it?' " Tim Pedretti, Piaskowski's lawyer, said his client called a mill supervisor because he wanted to get Monfils into trouble for being off the job. Piaskowski walked back and forth between the No. 7 and No. 9 paper machines several times from 7 to 8 a.m. and certainly heard the tape. But the scene of the beating could have been anywhere in the mill, Pedretti said. No one remembers seeing Monfils alive after 7:35 a.m., and Pedretti suggested Monfils walked away from his work place. Perhaps someone followed or ambushed him, possibly nearer to the pulp vat, he said. That person then could have gotten a weight and rope from Monfils' work area to make Monfils' death look like suicide, suicide, then thrown his weighted body into the vat, he said. The state relies heavily on Brian Kellner's testimony that Kutska told him how all of the defendants surrounded Monfils near a bub bler, Pedretti said. However, Kutska was drunk when he talked to Kellner and probably only was trying to say how things might have occurred, not how they did occur, Pedretti said. Moore's lawyer attacked the state's claim that Moore was a union activist especially sensitive to Monfils turning in another union member to police. The state presented no testimony supporting that union activist label. Parent said. In fact, Moore belonged to a different union from some of the others, he said. And a worker who saw Moore in the area where Monfils' body was eventually recovered places Moore there at 7:30 a.m., Parent said. Monfils was seen by others doing a 7:34 a.m. paper roll change, Parent said. A prosecutor suggested Moore was in the vat area at that time as a lookout. "What was he looking out for at 7:30 a.m.?" Parent asked. Zakowski tinue searching for Monfils the day after he was reported missing, Zakowski said. Without her, Monfils' body would not have shown authorities he was slain, Zakowski said. A forensic pathologist has testified testified that another day in the vat would have damaged Monfils' body too much for a sure determination whether his death was murder or suicide, Zakowski said. Monfils himself left clues in a call he made to police after he learned Kutska was seeking a copy of his tip about the cord, Zakowski said. Monfils wanted to prevent the tape's release, saying he feared a violent reaction from Kutska. "He's saying, 'Listen. I was murdered. murdered. You can start finding answers by looking to Keith Kutska,' " Zakowski said. Prosecutors say: On Nov. 10, 1992, Tom Monfils, a James River paper millworker, called Green Bay police to report that coworker coworker Keith Kutska planned to steal a mill extension cord. Kutska was suspended from work for five days after he refused to open his duffel bag for mill security guards alerted by police. Kutska got an audio tape copy of Monfils trial at a gtence the police tip, identified the caller as Monfils and repeatedly played the tape for others at the mill. Kutska and others confronted Monfils at work Nov. 21 , 1992, and one or more of them beat Monfils. His body was found the next day in a paper pulp vat. Defendants: Keith Kutska, Dale Basten, Mike Him, Mike Johnson, Rey Moore and Mike Piaskowski. Charge: First-degree First-degree First-degree intentional intentional homicide. All six defendants are charged with being party to that crime, a provision covering those who aid and abet the commission of a crime or take part in a conspiracy conspiracy to commit a crime. Penalty: Life imprisonment. Source: Brown County court documents

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