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Allan Kustok Found Dead Wife's Body in 'Abnormal' Position: Expert

An expert witness said Allan Kustok's dead wife was found in an "abnormal" position, and the only way she could have shot herself was by pulling the trigger with her thumb.

Allan Kustok. Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Department
Allan Kustok. Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Department
Allan Kustok's story about finding his dead wife holding a gun in her right hand with her arms crossed does not jibe with an expert witness' opinion on how a body would rest after "instant incapacitation."

"That's not a position that's normal," crime scene reconstructionist Rod Englert testified during a five-hour hearing at the Bridgeview courthouse Wednesday afternoon.

The position of Kustok's wife was demonstrated by an Orland Park employee modeling the dead woman in a photograph. The employee appeared in other photos shown in court as well, sometimes with Orland Park Police Cmdr. John Keating, who played the part of alleged wife-murderer Kustok.

The lengthy hearing was convened after Kustok's attorneys challenged the foundation laid for Englert to testify as an expert. Cook County Judge John Joseph Hein said he would rule on the matter before the first day of trial testimony begins Thursday.

While he was on the stand Wednesday, Englert said he determined that there was no way Kustok's wife, Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, could have inflicted her death wound while holding a .357 revolver with either hand. Englert said it was possible for Jeanie Kustok to grip the gun with both hands inverted so she could pull the trigger with a thumb.

Englert's hearing started after attorneys finished picking jurors for the trial, selecting a total of 15. The first panel of 12 is made up of seven women and five men. Two men and a woman will serve as alternates.

Of those rejected Wednesday was a woman who said she had once been beaten and sexually assaulted, a man who said he served on a foundation to help the children of homicide victims, and a man who said he was charged with possessing a weapon while being a gang member but "beat it on a motion."

Kustok, 63, faces a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting his wife in the face in September 2010. After the shooting, Allan Kustok reportedly wrapped her in sheets and a blanket and drove her to Palos Community Hospital.

Kustok's daughter, Sarah Kustok, a Brooklyn Nets reporter for the YES Network, sat behind him in the gallery again Wednesday.

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frank February 20, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Where is common sense and swift justice when you need them? ###########################
Harry Callahan February 20, 2014 at 08:06 AM
By reading this article and several others I believe there is something else hidden in the closet of mr. Kustok .????????
Lenny Kravitz February 20, 2014 at 02:17 PM
His eyes sure say "cray cray". Guilty. Next case, please....
PAT FETTA March 11, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Yes Lenny, GUILTY. However, it's not that easy. Now you have the daughter taking the stand to say her father would never kill her mother nor would she commit suicide! So what could have happened here Sara? Now that the facts are coming out I've noticed that the brother isn't backing his father at all. I will continue to follow the trial and I hope he gets what he has coming to him and that wonderful woman gets her justice.
Bob Wadas March 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM
I hate these "experts" who make claims about how are person fell this way or that way and especially when they say a person could have not pulled a trigger a certain way. Every person is different, nobody reacts the same and eveytime I hear an "expert" say the person could not have shot themselves a certain way and I am dumbfounded why the defense doesnt get a blank gun and prove them wrong, because 100% of the time I have been able to recreat something an expert said couldnt have been done !

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