Witnesses are being called in the homicide trial of erik sackett.
Jurors heard opening statements earlier this morning at the la crosse county court house.
The state argues that sackett had the motive to kill the woman he was seeing... erin somvilai.
District attorney tim gruenke said that cell phone records and knowledge of the lake where somvilai's body was found ties sackett to the crime.
But the defense claims somvilai was distraught and was suicidal after fighting with sackett over another woman he was seeing.
Sackett's lawyer told jurors that investigators were set on sackett as a suspect and didn't consider other possibilities.
"that impression carried throughout the investigation.
I want to be real clear.
This is not a case in which i'm saying the police are corrupt or incompetent.
But they are human.
And human beings make assumptions and they follow those assumptions, sometimes, to the exclusion of the evidence that that's right in front of them.
And you're going to hear that's exactly what happened in this case."
An agent with the wisconsin department of corrections... a la crosse police officer... and erin's father have testified so far.
We are live streaming the trial on our wkbt news 8000 facebook page and website.
Join us tonight for the evening newscasts... with a breakdown of some key testimony from