MIAMI -

A man accused of killing his wife less than a week after they were married questioned his ex-girlfriend in court Wednesday, one day after she testified in his murder trial that she helped him plan the crime.

Michel Escoto, who is acting as his own attorney, is accused of using a tire iron to bludgeon his new bride, Wendy Trapaga, in 2002 to collect her $1 million life insurance policy.

Escoto wasn't charged until 2005 after he stopped trying to collect the insurance money.

Prosecutors objected to almost every question Escoto asked Yolanda Cerrillo as he cross-examined her.

At one point, prosecutor Gail Levine expressed her dismay with Escoto.

"It is obnoxious that he sits in front of this court, says he wants to represent himself, says he knows the rules and then flies in the face of this court time and again," Levine said in court.

Stumbling over his feet and words, Escoto did manage to ask Cerrillo if she hated Trapaga.

"I hated what she stood for," Cerrillo said. "I didn't know who she was. I didn't… I hated the whole situation. I hated that you left. I hated that she was pregnant."

Escoto then asked if Cerrillo wanted her dead.

"I wished she would go away," Cerrillo replied.

Michel Escoto cross-examines ex-girlfriend

ASLEEP AT THE CONTROL. SHE HAD BEEN WORKING EXTRA HOURS. AND IN ANOTHER TRIAL THAT IS STILL UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW THE DRAMATIC TESTIMONY CONTINUES TODAY, AGAIN THE EX-GIRLFRIEND OF A MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS WIFE IS TAKING THE STAND AND THE DEFENDANT REPRESENTING HIMSELF IN THAT TRIAL. IT IS A CONFUSING ONE. JASON MARTINEZ IS ON TOP OF THE STORY AND JOINS US LIVE FROM THE COURTHOUSE IN MIAMI AND MAKES A DIFFICULT SITUATION EVEN WORSE OUT THERE, RIGHT, JASON? NO DOUBT, KRISTI. MICHEL ESCOTO CONTINUES TO REPRESENT HIMSELF IN THE NEWLYWED MURDER TRIAL. HE CONTINUES AN ODD LINE OF QUESTIONING THAT HAS A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE COURTROOM ASKING HOW IS THIS RELEVANT TO THE CASE? PROSECUTORS EVEN OBJECTING TO ALMOST EVERY QUESTION HE ASKS. SO FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAY HIS EX-LOVER MICHEL ESCOTO'S EX-LOVER YOLANDO SERO IS BACK ON THE STAND ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MURDER THAT SHE ADMITTED TO HELPING PLAN. WENDY TRAPAGA IS THE VICTIM HERE. SHE WAS ESCOTO'S WIFE FOR FOUR DAYS BEFORE COPS SAY HE BUILD HER FOR $1 MILLION IN LIFE INSURANCE MONEY. THIS WAS WAY BACK IN 2002. WELL, TODAY IN COURT ESCOTO HAS ASKED QUESTIONS FROM ALL OVER THE MAP. HE'S ASKED ABOUT DOGS. HE'S ASKED ABOUT BEEPERS AND PAGERS BUT THERE WAS ONE MOMENT WHEN ESCOTO ASKED HIS EX-WOMAN IF SHE RECENTED, EVEN HATED HIS THEN-WIFE WENDY TRAPAGA. HERE'S HER RESPONSE. I HATED WHAT SHE STOOD FOR. I DIDN'T KNOW WHO SHE WAS. I HATED THE WHOLE SITUATION. I HATED THAT YOU LEFT. I HATED SHE WAS PREGNANT AND SHE WASN'T PREGNANT. AND DID YOU WISH SHE WAS DEAD? I WISH SHE WOULD GO AWAY. WELL, YOU HEARD ESCOTO WITH A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION RIGHT THERE AS HIS OWN DEFENSE ATTORNEY. NOW THE LAW IS SIMPLE. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE ASKING WHY WOULD THIS GUY WITH HIS LIFE ON THE LINE WANT TO REPRESENT HIMSELF LIKE THIS? ONLY HE CAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION BUT HE DOES HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO DO SO. HE IS ON THE STAND QUESTIONING HIS EX-LOVER AND IF HE IS



Cerrillo testified Tuesday that she was desperately in love with Escoto and did everything possible to keep him in her life, including helping him practice killing his wife. She explained how Escoto originally planned to drown her, but Cerrillo told her it would not work because it would leave bruises.

Prosecutors offered Cerrillo immunity in exchange for her testimony.

"It doesn't stop how bad I feel," Cerrillo said.

If convicted, Escoto faces life in prison.