Trial to begin for man accused of strangling wife

Victim's parents to testify on behalf of suspect

MIAMI - A prominent real estate developer accused of strangling his wife after an argument in 2007 was back in court Friday, just days before his trial is set to begin Monday. 

The judge and attorneys on both sides of Adam Kaufman's trial were doing some last-minute house cleaning. The hearing focused on several dozen motions, and there was one startling revelation. 

Kaufman is accused of killing his 33-year-old wife, Eleonora, in the couple's Aventura home in November 2007. Kaufman's attorneys vehemently denied the accusation, asking the court to allow polygraph test results into evidence. 

"I think that the government should want the jury to know that this man has submitted himself to that kind of scrutiny and not want to hide evidence of innocence," said Kaufman's attorney, Al Milian.

Kaufman, whose father and uncle monitored every word Friday, insisted he found his wife on the bathroom floor, suggesting she could have suffered an allergic reaction to a spray tan she had the day before, fell on a magazine rack and choked to death. 

During the trial, police will testify that when they showed up, Kaufman's car engine was hot, contradicting his claim that he was sleeping all night. 

"There is no evidence whatsoever that Mr. Kaufman operated that vehicle. The alleged crime that they have been talking about happened inside the house. It didn't happen in the garage. It didn't happen outside the Kaufman residence. (It) had nothing to do with that automobile," Milian said.

At the hearing, it was decided that the prosecution will not be allowed to introduce Kaufman's criminal history, which includes some convictions. The polygraph test results the defense wanted to use also will not be allowed. 

The biological parents of Kaufman's wife will testify on behalf of their son-in-law, not on behalf of the state.

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