Verdict possible Friday in Twinsburg murder case

By Conner Howard | Twinsburg Bulletin Published:

Following testimony from Twinsburg firefighters, Cleveland Clinic staff and government officials, defense and prosecution counsels rested their cases in the murder trial of Glenn Wong Thursday, with a verdict possible when court resumes Friday.

Wong has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated murder, one count of kidnapping, one count of murder, one count of felonious assault and one count of domestic violence in connection with the Feb. 24, 2013 stabbing death of his wife of 11 years, Tami Mitchell Wong.

The trial, presided over by Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher, entered its third day of testimony Thursday, with Twinsburg Fire Captain Steven Bosso called as the prosecution's first witness of the day.

Acting as shift commander during the department's response to the stabbing, Bosso said he and his team entered the Wong residence at 3180 Abrams Drive shortly after city police had secured the scene at 7:15 a.m.

Bosso said Tami Wong had suffered more than 100 stab wounds and that Glenn Wong had non-life threatening cuts on his hands and fingers.

Twinsburg firefighter and paramedic Kevin Rott also testified, saying Tami's wounds were "overwhelming," making it difficult to prepare her for transportation.

"You try your best to control (bleeding) with pressure, dressing," Rott said. "There were so many wounds … we found it difficult to attend to any one wound. She was saying multiple times that she hurt all over, that was her main comment to us."

Bosso, Rott and Twinsburg firefighter/paramedic John Knaus testified that Tami was transported via ambulance and loaded onto a Life Flight helicopter from Cleveland Clinic's Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center.

Cleveland Clinic critical care nurse Roderick Parks, who attended to both Tami and Glenn, testified that Tami was full cardiac arrest by the time she reached the hospital's emergency room, where she was pronounced dead at 8:26 a.m.

"Tami arrived at the ER, she was in full cardiac arrest," Parks said. "We continued CPR. We put in a chest tube, we were giving IV fluids. We were unable to get a pulse back."

"I asked (Glenn) how he sustained the lacerations on his hands and he said he got them from 'stabbing (his) wife this morning,'" Parks added.

During cross examination, Akron-based attorney Brian Pierce, representing Wong's defense counsel, asked Knaus if he was aware that Glenn suffered from diabetes, to which Knaus said he did not. Pierce later asked Parks if Glenn showed signs of elevated blood sugar. Parks confirmed that Glenn had a blood sugar level 211, compared to 80-120, which is the normal range in someone without diabetes.

Pierce asked if high blood sugar can affect one's mood or behavior, which Parks said is not common, though low blood sugar is known to cause disorientation.

Prosecuting attorneys also called on Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Dan Winterich, who presented the jury with crime scene photos. Winterich's investigation identified blood stains throughout the first-floor master bedroom and bathroom of the Wongs' residence, where the stabbing is thought to have taken place, as well as two steak knives believed to be taken from the kitchen.

Summit County Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. George Sterbenz, who performed an autopsy on Tami, presented the jury with autopsy photos and report findings that detailed the cause, manner and mechanism of her death. Glenn wept openly as photos of her wounds were shown.

Sterbenz explained that Tami had suffered 103 sharp force impacts, as well as several additional superficial scrapes and scratches. These impacts included stab and incision wounds to her head, neck, shoulders, back, chest, arms, hands and left leg. Sterbenz classified several of Tami's shoulder and arm wounds as "defense wounds."

During Sterbenz's report, the victim's mechanism of death was determined to be critical loss of blood, with the cause of death announced to be 103 sharp force impacts. Sterbenz testified that the manner of death in the case was homicide, a classification distinct from murder.

The trial is scheduled to resume with closing remarks at 9 a.m. Friday. Jurors are expected to deliberate on a verdict that day, according to prosecutors.

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