Impostor's lawyer points to missing wife as killer

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Associated Press

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 5:36 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A defense attorney has told a Los Angeles jury that the missing wife of a man slain a quarter century ago could be the real killer rather than the Rockefeller impostor now on trial.

Attorney Brad Bailey said Monday that every piece of circumstantial evidence outlined by a prosecutor could point to Linda Sohus as the killer of her husband, John.

He said prosecutors have little more than the bizarre behavior and multiple identities of Christian Gerhartsreiter to paint him as a murderer. But he said Linda Sohus also acted strangely and may have had a motive to kill her husband.

The prosecution's open statement offered no suggestion of a motive for the killing. It focused instead on the many identities and fabulous assertions of a man who posed for decades as Clark Rockefeller.

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