Crime

Police, neighbor testify in Kudlach murder trial

Friends show a memory book of photos of Nuria Kudlach as they wait to go into the courthouse for the trial against Alois Kudlach on Monday.
Friends show a memory book of photos of Nuria Kudlach as they wait to go into the courthouse for the trial against Alois Kudlach on Monday. adrey@centredaily.com

Monday’s testimony in Alois Kudlach’s murder trial largely focused on those who responded to the College Township home where his wife, Nuria, was shot in August 2015.

State College police patrol officers and detectives testified to their initial impressions of the scene as well as the disposition of Kudlach and his son, Alex, who was also in the home at the time.

Kudlach is charged with first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and intercepting communications. He is claiming self-defense.

Detective John Aston provided testimony accompanied by numerous photographs, describing his warranted search of the Kudlach house.

Aston testified that the search had begun in the second story then moved to the basement before the ground floor was searched in order to give state policeforensic workers time to investigate the scene of the shooting.

Aston noted that he found it “interesting” that three cups of coffee were found in the house — an empty one next to Kudlach’s cellphone, a full one on a nearby end table, and another full cup in the kitchen near the body.

According to court documents, Kudlach told police after the shooting that his wife had returned to the kitchen to get more coffee before the incident occurred.

Several pieces of physical evidence were presented to jury members during Aston’s testimony, including laptop computers, cellphones and the shell casings of the three shots fired in the incident.

A nearby neighbor of the Kudlachs, Steven McQuay, also testified about what he heard the morning of the shooting.

McQuay said he had been outside with his dog that morning when he heard what he was sure were three gunshots in the vicinity of the Kudlachs’ home. McQuay characterized the timing as a longer delay between the first and second shots with a shorter delay between the second and third.

The trial is scheduled to continue through Friday.

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