The trial of a Lysander man accused of killing his wife continued Wednesday as the couple's son was among three key witnesses to take the stand.
The son spoke about growing up in an abusive household, with hostility and turmoil. At time, he says his parents would separate.
Deputies said they responded to the couple's home at least a dozen times over 18 years for reports of domestic violence.
A storage facility manager and an Onondaga County Sheriff's detective testified in Pete Trifunovski's trial. The manager testified to encountering Trifunovski at the facility on Jan. 9, as he was trying to rent a storage unit. The manager said he paid cash for the unit, and that Trifunovski said he had exercise movement to store — but noted he also had a shovel with him.
The detective testified to being requested to respond to the facility to get surveillance videos of Trifunovski going in and out of the unit with a shovel, which the prosecution showed to jurors.
On Tuesday, the jury also heard from Trifunovski's neighbors, and coworkers of his slain wife Suzie. All gave witness testimonies to the couple's abusive relationship.
Trifunovski decided to go to trial after rejecting a plea deal with prosecutors.
Police say he admitted to beating his wife to death after an argument in January. He is charged with second-degree murder in connection with her disappearance and death.
The defense argued that they are not disputing that the crime happened, but the intent behind it. Defense attorney Ken Moynihan said Trifunovski did not mean to kill his wife of 25 years.
After killing her, Trifunovski took her body to a storage facility in Lysander according to authorities. Co-workers reported her missing after she didn't show for work.
The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office brought in search teams to look for her, only to find her body following a tip from her husband.
The trial continues Wednesday.