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Detective testifies to recorded argument in Kudlach trial

Search warrants were a key part of testimony and cross-examination in the Alois Kudlach murder trial on Tuesday.
Search warrants were a key part of testimony and cross-examination in the Alois Kudlach murder trial on Tuesday. Centre Daily Times, file

Testimony at Alois Kudlach’s trial for the shooting of his wife, Nuria, continued Tuesday with police showing more about the crime scene and the couple’s relationship.

Kudlach is charged with first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and interception of communication, all stemming from the August 2015 death of his wife at their College Township home. Kudlach says the shooting was in self-defense.

State College police Detective John Aston took the stand again, picking up where his testimony left off Monday.

On Tuesday, he described the process of pulling data evidence from the four cellular telephones recovered at the scene, including a recorded argument between the defendant and his wife.

Defense attorney Karen Muir had her chance to cross-examine Aston, and called into question the accuracy of Aston’s search warrants. She also questioned the thoroughness of the investigation, asking Aston why certain items weren’t collected from the home, such as a hammer that was allegedly used to smash a broken cellphone found at the scene.

Aston spent a large part of his previous testimony describing his walk through of the Kudlach home the day of the shooting with photographic and physical evidence.

Shortly before recess, the Kudlachs’ son, Alex, 20, took the stand to be questioned by District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller. Early testimony from the son indicated his parents’ relationship was a “difficult time.”

The trial is scheduled to continue through Friday.

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