MUNISING MICHIGAN. February 13, 2008. Thomas Richardson, charged with murder and manslaughter of his wife, Juanita, 40, after she was allegedly pushed off of the cliff's of Miner's Castle (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore), was back in the Alger County Court today while prosecuting attorney Karen Bahrman and defense attorney Karl Numinen argued a pre-trial motion for rebuttal witnesses.
Prosecuting attorney Bahrman said that her witness list was long ago finalized, and it would prove that Thomas Richardson's multiple accounts of his wife's fall were not due to a TBI - a previous brain injury he sustained years ago.
Conversely, defense attorney Karl Numinen argued that the defense had a right to call witnesses in rebuttal to the prosecutions assertions at trial.
The Honorable Judge William B. Carmody ruled in favor of a fair trial, stating, "“These parties will be rebuttal witnesses only for the exact purposes that they would be allowed."
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