The defense rests, case heads to jury for deliberation
MERRILL (WAOW) -- As Chase Boruch took the stand in his own defense, the courtroom fell silent.
Chase Boruch is accused of killing his mother, Sally Pergolski, and making it look like an accident. All for an insurance payout.
In his testimony, Boruch told the court that he and his mother did have plans on June 6, 2010 to plan marijuana plants in the wooded areas of Harrison Hills.
"I asked her to come with me, to be kind of the lookout," he told the jury.
But, when he arrived at Pergolski's home he found her lying unresponsive on the living room floor.
"I tried to shake her and yelled at her if she was okay." Boruch explained. "But she was unresponsive."
Boruch then testified that he found a piece of meat lodged in Pergolski's throat. He told the court that he got it out and performed CPR, but his efforts fell unsuccessful.
"I didn't know what to do," Boruch said. "That's when I decided to present an accident for the financial gain."
Boruch continued his testimony, telling the court he put his mother's body in his truck and drove to Moraine Lake. That's where he staged the accident.
"I drove the car into the water, pulled my mother out and put her in the water. That's when I called 9-1-1," Boruch told the jury.
But the state was quick to rebuttal, questioning Boruch about the life insurance policies. Assistant District Attorney Don Latoracca told Boruch that choking would have been considered an accident, and if he had just called 9-1-1 he probably would have gotten insurance money.
Boruch told the court he had taken a whole lot of prescription drugs and that's why he was "unemotional."
The state also pointed out that Boruch had made changes to his car insurance policy the day before his mother died.
The defense rested. Now come the closing arguments. And then, Chase Boruch's fate will be in the hands of the jury.