Friends Testify in Wehrung Trial

The prosecution claims he got away with murder for more than 30-years. The defense says Patty Rebholz's murder involves two tragedies, one of which now plays out in a Hamilton County courtroom.

Wednesday, Michael Wehrung's two best friends from high school took the stand.

Steve Tillett had not talked with the defendant until the grand jury handed down an indictment last May. Wehrung made a mysterious phone call during which he suspiciously mentioned no one would remember what happened in 1963.

"To make a blanket statement... was incorrect and inappropriate," claimed Tillett.

He then recalled a question asked of Wehrung 38-years ago regarding Rebholz's blood on his pants.

"She was in the swimming pool and she was on her period and she sat on his lap and that's how the blood got there," said Tillett.

Ray St.Clair took the stand next. He may know Wehrung better than any friend, after having married his sister and employed him as a roofing executive.

"Would you say Mike had a temper," questioned the prosecution.

"He had a normal temper," said St. Clair.

Attorneys also wanted to hear about a cut on Wehrung's hand the night Rebholz died.

"Was it unusual for Mike to have a scratch, a cut, or something on his hand?"

"No. He was accident prone if I remember. "

The most disturbing evidence surfaced during the testimony of Dr. Frank Cleveland. As the coroner in 1963, he examined Rebholz's body. While jury members stared at the graphic pictures taken from the crime scene, the defense tried to discredit the doctor.

"Truth is, you weren't even there when the body was found," stated Earle Maiman.