MIAMI - For nearly a month, local real estate developer Adam Kaufman has been on trial, charged with the murder of his wife, Lina.
His father, twin brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and dozens of friends have been inside the courtroom to witness the proceedings. Noticeably missing is his mother.
"I've been out in the hallway since this whole thing started," a disheartened Elaine Kaufman told Local 10 crime specialist John Turchin. "It's probably one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do."
Elaine Kaufman has essentially been exiled to the wood benches outside the courtroom ever since her son's murder trial began three weeks ago. Adam Kaufman is charged with second-degree murder, accused of strangling his wife in their bathroom in the morning of Nov. 7, 2007.
By law, anyone on a witness list cannot sit in the courtroom until they've testified. Elaine Kaufman was on the state's list of potential witnesses. She was never called.
"They didn't want me to sit behind my son to give him support," quipped Kaufman. "That tells you everything."
It was particularly difficult because her husband, as well as, Adam Kaufman's twin, Seth, Seth Kaufman's wife, their cousins, nephews, aunts, uncles and dozens of friends were able to witness the proceedings, or at least the majority of them.
"It was so difficult not to be able to sit behind him and give him encouragement," said Elaine Kaufman.
And she missed a lot, including emotional testimony from Lina Kaufman's friends, Lina's mother, who testified in support of Adam Kaufman, medical experts, paramedics, Adam Kaufman's brother and a woman he dated soon after his wife's death. And, there were the verbal battles between the attorneys, the attorneys and the judge, the attorneys and the witnesses. But, there has been nothing as memorable as the Aventura police crime scene investigator who stormed out of the courtroom, slamming a door, after the defense revealed she once had an affair with the lead detective on the case.
To many who have followed the case on television, it may be the best show in town. To Elaine KIaufman, it is her life.
"In order to go through this, I had to take it one day at a time," she told Turchin. "I can't describe it to you. It's more than heart-wrenching. It is beyond anything I have ever gone through."
Throughout it all, Elaine Kaufman said she has never lost sight of who the real victim is here, Lina Kaufman.
"You know, we lost a daughter-in-law. There's nothing that could be worse -- leaving two children and then having him accused of this heinous crime. It's beyond anything I could have ever, ever imagined," she said.
And for those who wonder whether she thinks her son is guilty:
"Oh, my goodness, not for one second. No way. No way. He's honest. He's truthful. He's loving," a teary-eyed Elaine Kaufman said. "Adam couldn't hurt a flea. He takes spiders out of the house. He can't kill a spider. Do I have to say anymore?"
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