Court proceedings for the Kenneth Peters murder trial neared an end on Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning closing arguments began in Gogebic County Court. Prosecutor Richard Adams began at approximately 9:30 a.m., finishing up at 11 a.m.
His closing argument took the jury back to the beginning of the trial; highlighting key testimony and evidence that should help them reach a decision and find him guilty, writing on a white board that Peters had motive and opportunity.
"They cannot convict me if they can't find a body," the prosecutor said, regarding statements from witnesses made by the defendant.
"'He could be taking advantage of me, but I'm happy and that's all I care about,'" the prosecutor said reading a previous statement made by a trooper who took the stand.
Adams touched on the drugs found in Ethel's system, asking the jury "what would happen if a person was given morphine or Lorazepam?"
"He talks about bottom line that there would be an exacerbation of Dementia symptoms... Tuck that away," the prosecutor told the jury, recounting testimony from a toxicologist.
Adams additionally mentioned the defendant's bank account that was reopened in 2011, had seven out of its ten deposits made by the victim Ethel Grzena Peters.
At approximately 11 a.m. defense attorney Rudy Perhalla made his argument to the jury that nothing puts Ethel and Kenneth Peters in Watersmeet, where the victim was found. He said it's one of many critical pieces of evidence missing from the case.
"There is absolutely no DNA linking my client to his wife's disappearance," said Perhalla.
He continued to highlight topics like Lorazepam.
"If he gave the victim Lorazepam like the state is suggesting, his fingerprints would have been found on the bottle," Perhalla added. "We know that Lorazepam was found in her system. We also know that there were bottles in the home and we know her first husband was prescribed Lorazepam. Ladies and gentlemen it is my belief that those were her husband's prescriptions and she had been taking Lorazepam herself. Pharmacy records show Peters never had a prescription for Lorazepam. She could have very well been taking it herself."
Perhalla reminded the jury about a secretly recorded conversation, by a caregiver who was close with Peters, where his client can be heard denying having any link to Ethel's disappearance multiple times.
Perhalla brought up the cell mate that claimed Peters confessed to and then convinced him to write alibis to memorize. The defense attorney added that on the stand, the same man admitted to lying to him in previous interviews and that "someone who lies is a liar."
"Look at their credibility and whether it is gossip or not," Perhalla reminded the jury.