Prosecutor Calls Michel Escoto "Time Bomb" in Newlywed Murder Trial

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    The man accused of murdering his wife four days after their wedding was held in contempt of court on Friday after he threatened a witness on the stand. NBC 6’s Hank Tester reports. (Published Friday, Apr 4, 2014)

    The state prosecutor in the Michel Escoto trial asked the judge on Friday for the tables in the courtroom to be rearranged so the prosecution team can be out of his reach.

    "This defendant is a time bomb waiting to explode," said Gail Levine. Escoto objected to Levine's request, but the judge complied, leaving Escoto positioned in the corner of the room.

    Escoto is accused of killing wife Wendy Trapaga in 2002 to collect a $1 million insurance policy.

    Levine recounted Escoto's courtroom "outbursts" from earlier in the week. On Thursday, Escoto threatened witness Jorge Borron, the attorney who represented Trapaga’s family in the civil trial, after Borron bluntly said “This is the reason you killed Wendy. For the money.”

    Escoto, who is representing himself in the trial, lost his temper and told Borron “None of these white collars are going to keep me from coming after you.”

    Escoto was held in contempt of court and the judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail for the comment.