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UPDATE: Day two of Chase Boruch trial


MERRILL (WAOW) --  Chase Boruch listened as the prosecution called witnesses from two different insurance companies.

Krieger testified Boruch and his mother took out a 250-thousand dollar life insurance policy. Krieger told the court Pergolski didn't qualify for the accidental death policy they wanted, because of her age.

Later, another insurance agent told the jurors that Boruch and Pergolski took out an accidental death insurance policy with another company, Fidelity Association.

Defense Attorney John Voorhees argued there are benefits to choosing that type of policy. Such as lower cost and easy availability.

Voorhees also argued that it's not unusual to do things for your child before they go to college.

Other witnesses, including Robert Caylor, an EMT who responded to the call, took the stand.

The day Pergolski died, June 6, 2010, rescuer's were called to Moraine Lake. They say Boruch told them his mother drowned after their car crashed into the water. But, an autopsy found Pergolski suffered head trauma two hours before the crash was reported.

On Wednesday, Caylor testified that Boruch told him he had pulled his mother onto the shore after the crash. Caylor said first responders continued to do CPR on Pergolski, but, could not revive her.

Testimony continues Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m.


MERRILL (WAOW) --   Day two began in the trial of Chase Boruch.  Boruch is accused of killing his mother in June of 2010.

Wednesday morning, the state called its second witness, Ashley Hockers, a personal banker at Associated Bank in the Wausau area.

Hockers testified that Pergolski had asked her to be the notary for her last will and testament.  Hockers said Pergolski, Boruch and two witnesses were all present for the signing of the will.

The defense questioned Hockers. Hockers told the court Pergolski willingly signed the will without "distress or force."

The state then called their next witness, Jesse Vogel. Vogel was a good friend of Boruch's and Pergolski's. Vogel told the court that he never knew Boruch to take his mother fishing.  Vogel testified that he was a witness to the signing of the will.

When the defense started questioning, Voorhees asked if Pergolski was proud of Boruch. Vogel told the court that she would frequently talk about Chase and was, "very proud of her son."

After Vogel stepped down, the state called their next witness. Eric Krieger is a personal insurance agent at Farmer's Insurance in Schofield. Krieger explained Bourch was the one who asked about accidental death insurance.  Krieger also told the court that he sent Boruch an e-mail on June 5, 2010 telling him the insurance policy was almost complete.

It was found that Boruch called Krieger the day of the accident and left a message saying, "My mom has been in an accident. She isn't doing well."

The defense questioned Krieger. He argued that Boruch didn't know the insurance policy was complete through that e-mail.  Attorney Voorhees also brought to the courts attention Pergolski's insurance application. Voorhees pointed out that Pergolski answered, "no" to the question, have you received any medical treatment, alcohol dependency, disease, etc.

Krieger told the court, that question is important in deciding if a person gets the accidental life policy.

After Krieger was excused the judge called for a recess. Court will resume at 1:00 p.m.

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