Jury hears conversation between defendant, mother-in-law

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Edward Novak II told his mother-in-law in a taped conversation played in court Wednesday he didn’t recall what happened the night his wife died.

Novak, who is accused of killing his wife in October 2004, also could be heard in the same conversation with Patricia Bollman saying he would never hurt anyone.

The Cannon Air Force Base airman could face life in prison if convicted of killing Kimberly Novak in the couple’s base housing unit.

Bollman agreed to engage her son-in-law in a phone call in March 2005 while Office of Special Investigation agents listened and recorded the conversation in an effort to get incriminating evidence, according to testimony last week.

In other testimony Wednesday before the trial broke for lunch, a forensic sciences consultant detailed his investigation and how he recreated the crime scene to determine the place and position of Kimberly Novak’s body in the couple’s bathroom when she was found.

Edward Novak told investigators he moved his wife’s body.

Jurors hear taped conversation defendant, mother-in-law.