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Yazeed Essa trial to begin

Jury selection is to begin in the trial of Yazeed Essa, an Akron doctor charged with poisoning his wife, Rosemarie, and then fleeing the country.  Dr. Essa allegedly poisoned with wife with cyanide hidden in calcium supplement pills in 2005, leaving the country shortly thereafter.  He was found in Cyprus in October 2008 and extradited back after a lengthy trial in January 2009.  This past year was spent in preparation on both sides.

The prosecution's theory is that Essa killed his wife in order to get out of his marriage and continue an affair he was having with a nurse at Akron General Hospital.  They claim to have proof of this affair along with Essa's statements of being free after Rosemarie's death.  Also in the cards is a scheme by some of Essa's relatives to interfere with his extradition with trumped up murder charges in Lebanon.  The plan was that the charges in Lebanon would distract authorities from his extradition back to the United States and he would spend a couple years in a Lebanese prison after a conviction there.

The defense is maintaining innocence and has been trying to block various pieces of evidence and testimony to preserve a fair trial.  Among the evidence objected to is

  • an email that questions Essa's innocence.  The email itself is relevant and is admitted, but the portion questioning Essa's innocence is to be redacted.
  • a threat Essa allegedly made to someone injured in his pool.  This wasn't shown to be relevant.
  • testimony that Essa forged his wife's signature and back-dated a loan application. This has been found relevant and going to Essa's motive
  • testimony that a Russian organized crime syndicate tried to break Essa out of his Cypriot prison.  A ruling is still pending.
  • Essa's history of drug use, a DUI conviction and a polygraph exam of his alleged mistress.  All decided to be irrelevant (the polygraph is also inadmissible on other grounds).
  • Rosemarie's statement to a friend that her mouth burned after taking a drink of  soda from a can in the car.  Yazeed claimed he accidentally spilled antifreeze in the car.  This has been deemed hearsay.  An idle question arises: what was Yazeed pouring the antifreeze into inside the car?

Comments

  • ewre 4 years ago

    I would just like to say, antifreeze story - cannot proove in anyway. After so many years of built up resentment against him, sadly to say her friends/family would make any type of story to put against him.

  • phydeaux271 4 years ago

    It wasn't anti freeze it was cyanide posison it was in some calcium tablets she was taking. I would have been on the jury i didn't get picked

  • justice 4 years ago

    Why run if you are innocent?

  • goodluck 4 years ago

    Get your story straight people.....it was cyanide and now the defense is trying to pin this on an old girlfriend....fact is, he ran for years, didn't care about his kids. He thinks he is god. He is so arrogant and nobody can touch him because of his money. I know people who use Dish 1 out of T-Burg and they are saying they are pulling out. I just hope the jury doesn't pull an O.J. This guy had this planned.........didn't want to give up his freedom or money to an ex, so do away with her.

  • TRUTH 4 years ago

    THIS THING IS A ANIMAL ALONG WITH HIS RELATIVES. WHAT TANGLE WEBS WE WEAVE. HOPEFULLY HE WILL GET WHATS COMING TO HIM. EITHER ON EARTH OR WHEN HE MEETS HIS MAKER.

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