Conscious Flow Radio

Friday, March 27, 2009

Millville police officer cut wife's hands to fake self-defense in killing, prosecutor says

BRIDGETON — The prosecutor arguing the state’s murder case against a suspended Millville police officer revealed in court Wednesday that evidence suggests Sgt. Robert Vanaman cut his wife’s hands in the moments after he shot her.
First Assistant Prosecutor Ken Pagliughi said state Medical Examiner Dr. Lyla Perez is scheduled to testify about the significance of the “bloodless cuts” she observed on Barbara Vanaman’s hands during the slain woman’s autopsy.
According to Pagliughi, Perez is expected to explain how those cuts were inflicted “at or near the time” of Barbara Vanaman’s death on May 11, 2006 — a version of events that seems to contradict the police officer’s story that he shot his wife in self defense because she attacked him with a knife.