Gruesome Details in the Larissa Schuster Murder Trial
10/22/07 (KFSN) -- The Prosecutor said Larissa Schuster tried to hire several people to kill her former husband.
In fact the prosecutor said Larissa bragged that could kill Tim and get away with it.
On Monday jurors heard a lot of information including graphic and threatening messages left on Tim's phone.
Larissa Schuster took her place in court.
Then moments later the prosecutor Dennis Peterson started laying out his case against Larissa.
"Larissa Schuster represented the all American dream. She got masters in chemistry and started her own business," said Dennis Peterson, Prosecutor.
Peterson showed jurors a blue barrel.
He said in a similar container authorities found Tim Schuster's body on July 12, 2003 inside a storage room soaking in hydrochloric acid.
The first witness Clovis Police Sergeant Jim Koch described what he saw.
"Once I undid the metal cover around the barrel, I lifted it up and I recognized it being human remains," said Jim Koch, Clovis Police Department.
Peterson told Jurors Larissa harbored strong negative feelings towards Tim as they battled through a divorce.
He played several minutes of record phone message.
Jurors heard a woman's voice, berating Tim & calling him derogatory names.
Larissa watched as the prosecutor said she left the messages months before the murder.
Peterson said Larissa had access to all the chemicals, because she operated her own laboratory in Fresno.
Larissa's Attorney Roger Nuttall decided not to give an opening statement on Monday.
Instead he will address jurors when Peterson is done with his case.
"I've always said Larissa Schuster did not participate in the killing of her husband," said Roger Nuttall, Defense Attorney.
Reporter: "But besides that you aren't saying more?"
"It would be inappropriate," said Roger Nuttall, Defense Attorney.
Jurors also saw a videotaped interview of Larissa at the Police Department.
It happened 2 days after Tim was reported missing.
"Tim and I are going through a divorce and it has been stretched out for a long time," said Larissa Schuster.
Larissa told Clovis investigators she is not capable of harming Tim.
The prosecutor expects to call 50 witnesses, maybe taking two weeks to prove his case.
One of those witnesses is Tim Schuster's mother Shirley.
She is scheduled to testify against her one time daughter in law.
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