Trial of Fresno Biochemist in Husband's Death Nears End

The trial of a Clovis biochemist accused of murdering her estranged husband by stuffing his body in a barrel of hydrochloric acid is coming to a close.

Larissa Schuster is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her estranged husband Timothy Schuster. The case is being heard in a Van Nuys courtroom.

During his closing argument Friday, defense lawyer Roger Nuttall
called the prosecution's theory of how his client killed her estranged husband "ridiculous." He said someone who was planning murder would not leave such conspicuous evidence.

An ex-employee of the defendant already has been convicted of
first degree murder.

If convicted, Larissa Schuster faces the possibility of the death penalty, although jurors will be instructed they have the option of finding her guilty of lesser charges.
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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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