Uploaded: Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 10:30
An angry Fitzhugh depicted in video
Interview with police on evening
of murder played in court
by Bill D'Agostino
As the defense begins its case today, echoes of an emotional Kenneth
Fitzhugh pounding on a table during a police interview may be ringing
in jurors' minds.
Jurors watched a second taped interview this week between Fitzhugh
and Palo Alto Sgt. Michael Denson (this time joined by Sgt. Scott
Wong), taped just hours after his wife was found dead in their home.
This second interview, played by Deputy District Attorney Michael
Fletcher, was decidedly different in tone from the first one, played
earlier this week in court. The second sounded at times more like
interrogation, with Denson and Wong pressing Fitzhugh to give them
an "truthful" account of the day's events, believing him to be leaving
out key facts.
The police and prosecution believe that Fitzhugh, a real estate
consultant, killed his wife in their kitchen then lied to police
after trying to make it look like she had fallen down their basement
Denson and Wong told him that they didn't believe his alibi (that
he was at a real estate site at the time of the death), especially
in light of the fact that a pair of Fitzhugh's tennis shoes -- which
contained stains of what looked like blood -- were discovered in
Fitzhugh's sport's utility vehicle. DNA testing later determined
the stains to be Kristine Fitzhugh's blood.
Fitzhugh gave a possible theory for how the shoes got blood on
them, saying that Kristine cut herself while the two were gardening
and he was wearing the shoes. He admitted to not knowing how the
shoes got into his car.
During the course of the interview, the two police detectives
told Fitzhugh that they believed Kristine's death was the result
of someone's actions, and not having fallen down the stairs, like
they had believed earlier.
The police asked Fitzhugh how he felt when denying that he had
inflicted the wounds after a fight.
Fitzhugh responded, "I feel horrible. I feel like . . . I feel
like . . . I feel like I've been violated somehow. If you tell me,
if you tell me that there was . . .there was harm done, not by a
fall but by someone doing something, I feel horribly violated in
Later, trying to explain why the shoes were found with blood on
them, Fitzhugh offered up "Someone else was . . . was in those shoes."
"So you're saying that someone else was in the house and put those
shoes on specifically to attack your wife?" Wong asked.
Fitzhugh said, "I don't know."
Yesterday afternoon, after Sgt. Denson was finished testifying,
Fletcher called a blood spatter expert, expected to be Fletcher's
last witness before he rests his case. The expert will likely testify
that blood evidence showed that Kristine Fitzhugh was killed in
the kitchen, not in the basement.