Kustok murder trial closing arguments today
Closing arguments continued Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Allan Kustok, an Orland Park businessman accused of killing his wife.
The nearly four-week trial wrapped up Monday with emotional testimony from the Kustok’s daughter, television sports reporter Sarah Kustok. She testified her parents were in a loving and supportive 34-year marriage and that she couldn’t fathom her father killing her mother or her mother, Anita Kustok, taking her own life.
For nearly an hour during closing arguments Tuesday morning, prosecutors pressed the point that while there is no solid evidence pointing to Allan Kustok’s guilt, they say there is a plethora of circumstantial evidence.
Kustok is accused of shooting his wife, Anita in the face while she lay sleeping in their bed in the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 2010.
The defense claims Anita Kustok she killed herself.
Prosecutors argue a number of actions Allan took on that morning point to his guilt, including that he didn’t call 911. Instead, they say, he waited an hour to an hour and a half before he wrapped her body in sheets and drove her to Palos Park Hospital.
They also point to gunshot residue found on his hands – not hers – and blood splatter on his clothing “in places it shouldn’t have and couldn’t have been” if he didn’t shoot her.
And the elephant in the room—as the prosecutor put it – were the extra-martial affairs that point to Allan Kustok leading a double life.
The prosecution closed by saying the circumstantial evidence is such that “it’s as though Anita Kustok is screaming from the grave ‘he did it… he killed me!’”
When the defense got its turn Allan Kustok’s lawyer argued Anita Kustok’s death was a tragic accident that she’s not here with us today.”
He went on explain why his client never called 911 saying: “for what… she was dead”.
His lawyer also pointed out from the beginning Kustok claimed his wife killed herself, even telling the hospital guard, “Help me, help me, my wife shot herself. She’s dead.”
Sarah Kustok’s brother Zak is not supporting his father; Zak Kustok’s wife testified for the prosecution.
The case could be in the jury’s hands by the end of the day.