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Victim could speak from the grave

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
July 24, 2009
— The victim of a 1997 homicide whose body was found at the bottom of Geneva Lake could be allowed to speak from the grave when her case comes to trial in August.

Dawn M. Brossard was 29 when she disappeared in 1997. She was reported missing in October 1997 after she didn’t show up at work at the State Financial Bank of Waterford in Burlington. Her body was found at the bottom of Geneva Lake in July 2003.


Her husband, David A. Brossard, 40, Burlington, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Police say he used a distinctive hex bolt to affix chains and concrete blocks to her body to anchor it to the bottom of the lake.


The bolts, chains and concrete blocks used to hold her body to the bottom are similar to those used at Anchor Marine, the Burlington business where David worked in 1997 as a mechanic, according to the criminal complaint.


Defense Attorney Charles Blumenfield filed a motion to bar from trial 24 statements provided by the prosecution.


In the statements, witnesses who had contact with Dawn Brossard said she told them about an occasion when David Brossard left on their bed Dawn’s wedding dress, pictures from their wedding, a gun and a note saying, “Till death do us part.”


The witnesses say Dawn was afraid of her husband. David Brossard confirmed the incident but denied leaving a gun on the bed.


“It’s as if she was brought back from the grave,” Blumenfield said in court Thursday. “We don’t have an opportunity to inquire from her, we don’t know when they (statements) were made, we don’t know if she was intoxicated when they were made, we don’t know who she said that to.”


But Judge James Carlson ruled the arguments would be admissible in trial because they are used to show Dawn Brossard’s state of mind, an exception to the hearsay rule.


They cannot, however, be used to prove David Brossard’s potential motive to commit the crime.


David Brossard remains in custody on a $500,000 cash bond. His jury trial is set to begin Monday, Aug. 17.



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