Suspect's twin testifies in murder trial

Expert: Woman's death 'natural,' 'not murder'

Published On: May 31 2012 03:22:47 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 01 2012 11:36:47 AM EDT
MIAMI -

Seth Kaufman did his part Thursday to save his twin brother from a lifetime in prison. 

Adam Kaufman is on trial for the second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Lina Kaufman. 

Seth Kaufman took  the stand Thursday afternoon in a Miami courtroom, recalling the morning of Nov. 7, 2007 when he and his fiancee jumped in his car and headed to his brother's home in Aventura. 

"I received a call very early in the morning from Adam, and my wife and I rushed over there immediately," a teary-eyed Seth Kaufman recalled.

He said Lina Kaufman was near death when they arrived. 

"We ran up the stairs really fast," he said. "She was lying on the bedroom floor and the (emergency medical technicians) were around her. They were tending to her." 

Seth Kaufman was called by the state as prosecutors attempted to counter paramedics' claims that Adam Kaufman was not very emotional that day. Seth Kaufman told a different story. 

"I was embracing and consoling Adam the whole time, who was a complete disaster, a wreck," he said. 

Earlier in the day, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Bronwyn Miller appeared to deal the defense a potentially devastating blow, ruling jurors would hear from a woman Adam Kaufman met a little over a month after Lina Kaufman died, and soon after engaged in a more intimate relationship.

"I'm going to find it's relevant under the circumstances," ruled Miller.

It rattled the cage of defense attorney Al Milian.

"Well, judge, I think it's outrageous.  How do we defend the morality charge right now? He's accused of murder, not of being insensitive, not of socializing with a woman," Milian said.

When the woman, Fara Corenblum, took the stand, it was evident she didn't come willingly and was in Adam Kaufman's corner.

"When he was with you, did he appear to be emotionally detached from you?" asked defense attorney William Matthewman.

"Absolutely," replied Corenblum.

"Did he tell you that he loved his wife, who had just tragically passed away?" Matthewman asked.

"Of course," said Corenblum.

Corenblum said the two dated on and off for about six months, and still occasionally get together. 

"Adam was never emotionally available, so and he was always upfront about that. So, when I couldn't handle it anymore as my feelings had developed, I put a stop to seeing each other," Corenblum said.

Earlier in the day, the defense rested in the trial.

Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the city of New York in the late 1970s, has been consulted and called as an expert witness on a number of high-profile cases and investigations, including giving testimony in the trial of O.J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, as well as the deaths of comedian John Belushi and singer Sid Vicious. 

But, Baden is best known for his post as the chairman of the Forensic Pathology Panel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations that reinvestigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  

"Lina Kaufman did not die of unnatural causes," Baden told the court. "There was no homicide; there was no murder.  In my opinion, it was a natural death." 

Baden testified that Lina Kaufman had a heart disease and fainted in her bathroom, striking her neck on a leather magazine holder. He criticized the Miami-Dade medical examiner, Dr. Bruce Hyma, for missing the disease.