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Testimony in Boruch trial reveals interesting mother-son relationship

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MERRILL (WAOW)--"I thought it was a bit excessive. Like a shrine," said Medical Technologist Elizabeth Ehrhardt about Sally Pergolski's home, filled with pictures of her son. Jurors got to hear about Ehrhardt's interaction with Chase Boruch's mother in her pre-recorded testimony.

Chase Buroch is charged with killing his mother and making it look like an accident.

Ehrhardt could not take the stand because she is out of the country on a previously scheduled vacation. "You could tell she adored him," Ehrhardt said based on a meeting she had with Pergolski in May 2010 when she performed a medical exam for a life insurance policy.

But Ehrhardt also testified that Pergolski almost canceled the appointment. "She said she already had insurance, but that her son wanted to buy it for her and then she said that he was such a good boy." The defense also questioned Ehrhardt, who admitted Pergolski didn't seem to be acting against her will.

Boruch's ex-girlfriend also testified on Thursday. The two dated for roughly two years and Brittany Schmidt told the jury Boruch said his mother was a monetary burden and that he planned to take out a life insurance policy to get the money back.

"I told him he would have to pay for premiums...and he said he's do it just before she died," said Schmidt.

But Schmidt admitted after being questioned by the defense that she had no reason to believe Boruch planned to kill his mother.

Testimony by Lincoln County Deputy Andy Vanderwyst was also heard Thursday. He said tire tracks at the scene did not suggest the car was out of control. "There were no slide marks," he said.

State Trooper Theodore Waite also told the jury his assessment of photographic evidence from the scene showed the truck was moving slowly as it approached Moraine Lake. "I would think it's less than five miles an hour," he said based on the very visible tread marks left in the muddy ground.

Deputy Vanderwyst also provided insight into what he said he saw when he arrived on scene June 6th, 2010. He testified he found Pergolski lying face-down on the shore, even though he had been told Boruch was performing CPR on his mother.

The trial resumes at 8:30 in the morning on Friday.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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