Jurors view interrogation video

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Midway through Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors have heard three hours of a video where Novak said he repressed memories of the night his wife died but saw no way he could have possibly caused her harm.

In the first three hours of a four-hour video presented by the prosecution, Edward Novak is speaking with agents Thad Payne and Tom Lorang of Cannon’s Office of Special Investigations.

The agents repeatedly told Novak everything points to him killing his wife.

“We don’t think this was something you planned, but you caused it,” Payne said. “We’ve searched high and low for another person that could have done this, and it’s not there.”

Novak told investigators he wished he could be of more help because he needed closure, but he could only recall brief snapshots of a Wal-Mart trip the family made, him returning the car they borrowed to make that trip, and seeing the look on his wife’s face when he found her in their upstairs bathroom.

“I don’t even remember that day, but I know I couldn’t have done it,” Novak said. “There’s no way.”

Novak said he was not the type of person to harm any women, especially his wife, and he withdraws himself or shuts down “kind of like a circuit breaker” when he feels his temper rise.

The agents suggested when Novak was withdrawn, maybe he blacked out and found his wife dead when he came to. Lorang said the investigation found no evidence of anybody in the house than the Novaks.

Novak said he had felt frustrated because everybody was telling him they believed he something he didn’t think was possible.

“I’ve been trying to patiently wait to find out what happened,” Novak said. “I don’t know.”