Closing arguments are scheduled to begin this morning in the aggravated murder trial of a Twinsburg man accused in the stabbing death of his wife at the couple’s home early last year.
Glenn Wong, 51, is charged with two aggravated murder counts that allow the state to offer alternate theories of the crime — first, that Wong purposely caused his wife’s death with prior calculation and design; second, that he purposely caused her death in the course of a kidnapping.
Prosecutors said that Tami Wong, 46, was stabbed to death on a Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2013, over her husband’s fears that she was having an affair.
The couple married in 2001. Their two elementary school children were at home when the slaying occurred, and it was their 10-year-old daughter who made the 911 call to Twinsburg police.
Both children testified briefly on a closed-circuit television connection to the courtroom earlier this week. The county’s service dog, Avery II, who is trained to work with emotionally traumatized victims, sat at the feet of the children in a room near the judge’s chambers.
They gave short but clear answers to what they heard and saw, essentially confirming the prosecution’s account of what happened at the family’s home that morning.
Defense attorney Brian Pierce did not call any witnesses Thursday after the state wrapped up its case.
Pierce told the jury in opening statements that the crime was “an impulsive, spur-of-the-moment type of incident and, quite frankly, not very rational according to the evidence.”
Under Ohio law, jurors are instructed that they cannot return a guilty verdict on any charge unless they are firmly convinced that prosecutors proved every essential element of the charge.
Wong also was indicted on one count of felony murder and one count each of felonious assault, kidnapping and domestic violence.
Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher has the case.
Ed Meyer can be reached at 330-996-3784 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.