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Allan Kustok, Illinois man, found guilty of killing wife

Allan Kustok

CBS Chicago

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Allan Kustok, a 63-year-old Orland Park, Ill. businessman, was found guilty by a jury Tuesday of killing his wife, reports CBS Chicago.

Prosecutors successfully argued Kustok fatally shot his wife, Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, as she laid in bed, Sept. 29, 2010. They said the defendant had multiple extramarital affairs prior to the murder. The defense argued Anita Kustok pulled the trigger herself and committed suicide.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours before reaching the verdict, according to the station.

During closing arguments earlier Tuesday, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney James Papa stood over the defense table and pointed repeatedly at Kustok as he told jurors blood spatter evidence proves Kustok pulled the trigger, not his wife, as the defense claimed.

"Jeanie Kustok's blood is screaming from the grave, 'He killed me,'" Papa said at one point.

Papa also talked about what he called the "elephant in the room," Kustok's mistresses, and the circumstantial evidence he said was as clear as someone waking up and seeing snow on the ground, and surmising it snowed overnight, reports CBS Chicago.

Seeking to explain the defense's claim that Jeanie Kustok committed suicide, defense attorney Rick Beuke said during closing arguments that Allan Kustok did not immediately call 911 after hearing the fatal gunshot, because "he can't handle the truth."

Instead of calling 911 after his wife's death, Kustok held her body for more than 45 minutes before wrapping her in bedding, and taking her to the hospital.

"There can't be any book that describes what the hell you're supposed to do," Bueke told jurors.

Bueke also argued a police officer was lying when he said Allan Kustok told him the gun that killed Jeanie was in her right hand after she had been shot in the left side of her face.

Beuke also ripped into the prosecution's expert witness on crime scene recreation, saying he was trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together, and it was falling apart.