Defense tactics irk judge

Sharna Johnson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was the brunt of defense ire and sarcasm on Wednesday, accused of a botched and careless investigation in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. Under cross-examination, OSI Agent Thad Payne took a verbal […]

Novak trial: Forensic expert grilled

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for a Cannon airman accused of first-degree murder used the expert testimony of prosecution witnesses Tuesday to show forensic evidence collected indicates nothing more than Edward and Kimberly Novak lived in the same house. DNA found under Kimberly Novak’s fingernails was her […]

Former state medical investigator testifies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak had multiple injuries to her head and neck when she died, according to a forensic pathologist who performed her autopsy. The 20-year-old wife of a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with her slaying had four subdural hematomas, areas of bleeding under […]

Airman’s reaction analyzed

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The view from the witness stand in the Cannon courtroom where Airman Basic Edward Novak is standing trial. Photography is not allowed in the courtroom while court is in session. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter […]

Defense trying to discredit case against airman

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for Airman Basic Edward Novak II began working Friday to undermine the integrity of an Air Force investigation. The defense highlighted what they thought were weaknesses in the case during the cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses during the second day of testimony […]

Second day of Novak trial ends early

CNJ staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The second day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II ended early Friday after two witnesses took the stand. Chief Trial Judge for the Air Force Dawn Eflein, suffering from a cold, told the court in a hoarse voice she was not […]

Witnesses say Novaks were happy couple

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Witnesses described Kimberly Novak as outgoing, Edward Novak as friendly albeit absent-minded, and the Novaks as nothing but a happy couple. Eight witnesses, ranging from first responders to work friends, testified Thursday, the first day for the prosecution to present its case against Edward […]

Defense: Novak investigation one-sided

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The defense attorney in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman said the defendant was the target of a one-sided investigation. The prosecution said during opening arguments late Wednesday afternoon circumstantial evidence will show Edward Novak II strangled and beat […]

Novak trial: Judge OKs re-enactment photos

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The judge in a murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman said Tuesday she will allow re-enactment photos of the crime scene as evidence. Chief Trial Judge for the Air Force Dawn Eflein said she believes the photos depicting how the body of victim Kimberly Novak, 20, […]

Previous conviction out in airman’s murder trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Monday amounted to a day of housekeeping as attorneys argued motions before the judge in the first day of the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of slaying his wife more than three years ago. Edward Novak II faces […]