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Zak Kustok Speaks Out At Father's Murder Trial



    Kustok says he was there to support his wife, who was on the stand Wednesday, and not his accused father. Nesita Kwan reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014)

    The son of an Orland Park man accused of fatally shooting his wife as she slept in 2010 spoke out Tuesday at his father's murder trial.

    Zach Kustok, a former Northwestern University quarterback, told the Southtown Star he was at the trial to support his wife, Nicole, who took the stand Tuesday, and not his father.

    Allan Kustok, 63, is accused of killing his wife, Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, in the face with a .357-caliber revolver. He claims he discovered her in their bed with her arms folded over her body and the revolver in her right hand.

    Nicole Kustok testified that her mother-in-law was very religous, and uncomfortable even having a conversation about guns.

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    Zach Kustok, 35, told the newspaper he does not accept his father's behavior, and when asked if he could forgive him, he said, "I'm working on that."

    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.

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    Two women have already testified that they met Allan Kustok on a web site for married people looking to have discreet affairs. A third woman testified that she went on a few dates with Kustok after he approached her at a Rush Street restaurant.

    The bulk of Tuesday's testimony centered on the physical investigation of the room where Jeanie Kustok died, with defense lawyers attacking the investigators' methods and procedures.

    The defendant's daughter, sports journalist Sarah Kustok, is also expected to take the stand in the trial. (Disclosure: Sarah Kustok is a former fill-in sports reporter for NBC Chicago.)

    Zak Kustok told the Southtown Star he's "not comfortable" commenting on whether his dad is guilty.