Posted: Mar 29, 2013 10:09 PM by MTN News
GLENDIVE - In Dawson County District Court Friday, the prosecution rested its case in the murder trial of 42-year old Walter Larson.
The former Billings man is accused of deliberate homicide and evidence tampering in the strangulation death of his former wife, Susan Casey in 2008.
Casey disappeared on April 12th of that year. Her body was discovered in the Yellowstone River west of Glendive, some three weeks later.
Among those testifying Friday was the victim's second husband Tim Casey, who the defense has claimed should be the "prime" suspect in Susan's murder.
Casey described his failing marriage with Susan, and outlined his whereabouts on the night of her disappearance.
The state's final witness was Thomas Bennet, the Deputy State Medical Examiner.
He explained to the jury how it was determined that Susan Casey died from strangulation.
He also told court that Casey's body could have been in the Yellowstone river for as little as 12 days or as long as 24 days.
Once the state rested, defense attorneys immediately asked Judge Richard Simonton to dismiss the case. Simonton denied the motion.
The trial will resume Monday when Larson's defense will begin to present its case.
Earlier, Judge Simonton informed the jury that testimony should wrap up Monday or Tuesday, with closing arguments expected Tuesday afternoon.