Sarah Kustok Testifies Parents Had "Most Loving Relationship"

Allan Kustok accused of fatally shooting wife while she slept in their bed

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    Sarah Kustok said she never noticed any problems between her parents and didn't notice any change in her mother's demeanor right before her death. Christian Farr reports. (Published Monday, Mar 10, 2014)

    The daughter of an Orland Park man accused of fatally shooting his wife in 2010 testified Monday that her parents had "the most loving relationship that I've ever witnessed." 

    Sarah Kustok said she never noticed any problems between her parents and didn't notice any change in her mother's demeanor right before her death.

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    Her father, 63-year-old Allan Kustok, is accused of shooting Anita "Jeanie" Kustok in the face with a .357-caliber revolver while she slept in their bed.

    Sarah Kustok, a former Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter, called her mother her best friend and said she talked to her dad every day. "My dad was right there by my side," she said.

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    When asked by the defense if she thought either her mom committed suicide or her father killed her, Kustok responded, "absolutely not."

    Allan Kustok contends that his wife shot herself, but the prosecution's expert witness, Rod Englert, testified last week that the blood spatter patterns on his clothing and glasses could only have been created by high-velocity impact, such as a gunshot.

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    Prosecutors have maintained that the defendant wanted out of his marriage, and had a series of extramarital affairs in the days and weeks before Jeanie Kustok was shot in the head.

    Sarah Kustok said she heard news of the affairs after her mother's death. "I am not okay with it," she said Monday, "but it does not change my opinion [about whether her father killed her mother]."

    Kustok's voice crackled during several points in her testimony, and she wiped away years talking about losing her mother.

    When asked by the prosecution, Kustok said she never saw a gun in her parents' home.

    Under cross-examination, prosecutors asked Kustok whether it was "unfathomable" that her father did not call 911 after he said he discovered her body, to which she replied "I can't comment on that."

    Sarah Kustok was on the stand for less than an hour, and after her testimony, the defense rested its case. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin on Tuesday.