Closing arguments conclude in trial of mom charged in ’91 murder

Both sides rest in trial of mom charged in young son's death

Both sides rest in trial of mom charged in young son's death (5/11/16)

NEW BRUNSWICK - Closing arguments have concluded in the trial of a mother accused of killing her young son in New Jersey in the early 1990s.

After eight weeks of testimony, the fate of Michelle Lodzinski will soon be in the hands of a jury. Lodzinski is accused of killing her son Timothy Wiltsey. His body was discovered in a swampy area of Edison in 1991.

Lodzinski’s defense team says that she was a good mother who had no reason to kill her son. Attorney Gerald Krovatin says that there is tremendous reasonable doubt in the case that would not warrant a guilty verdict.

The medical examiner was never able to determine how the 5-year-old boy died. There was also no physical evidence to link Lodzinski with the crime scene.

The prosecutor pointed to a blanket found with the boy’s remains. Former baby sitters testified that the blanket belonged to Lodzinski, and that Wiltsey would often carry it inside the home.

Prosecutors also point to the fact that Lodzinski’s story changed often. She initially reported Wiltsey went missing at a Sayreville carnival. However, investigators say that she changed her story and said that the boy was abducted instead.

The prosecution paints Lodzinki as a frustrated young mother who saw her son as a burden and used the busy carnival to cover up the murder.

The jury is expected to hear instructions from the judge Thursday morning.

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