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Jurors see police video
By Christy Gutowski | Daily Herald Staff

Robert L. Edwards

 

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Published: 11/6/2008 12:05 AM

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A DuPage County jury got a front-row glimpse Wednesday into real-life police work as members watched the videotaped interrogation of a man accused of hampering a murder investigation.

Robert L. Edwards is facing obstruction of justice charges on suspicion he repeatedly lied to police as they probed the March 15, 2007 murder of his co-worker's girlfriend in Villa Park.

Edwards, 42, of Elk Grove Village is expected to testify today before his trial concludes.

The co-worker, Nicole Abusharif, is charged with suffocating 32-year-old Becky Klein in the couple's former home on Harvard Avenue. Her trial begins Jan. 12.

Abusharif, 28, is the only one charged with murder, but police also focused in on Edwards because he was inside the Villa Park home with Abusharif that March 16 when they came to investigate Klein's disappearance and again on March 17 when her body was discovered in the trunk of the couple's car.

Initially, Edwards told police he and Abusharif were just casual work friends who hadn't seen each other in three weeks before the murder.

Phone records showed about 50 phone calls between the two.

In a heated March 19, 2007 videotaped interrogation played in court, Edwards, when confronted with the phone records, admitted he and Abusharif were drug buddies who shared wild sex fantasies.

Edwards has an alibi for most of the night Klein was killed.

There is no physical evidence linking him to the slaying.

He denied any role in the murder and said any perceived lie, such as when he wrongly reported getting a haircut the night of the murder, was just an innocent mistake.

DuPage Circuit Judge Peter Dockery cited a lack of evidence Wednesday in granting a defense motion to dismiss those felony obstruction counts alleging Edwards lied to derail his own possible prosecution.

He still faces similar counts related to trying to obstruct the prosecution of Abusharif.

Edwards is free on bond. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.

In a separate case, he is charged with possession of child pornography for evidence police said they found during a forensic examination of his computer in the Klein investigation.