Prosecution Rests Case in Anderson Trial; Motion to Dismiss Denied
By Pete Serzant, WLIP News
KENOSHA, WI (WLIP)–Day 14 in the Zachariah Anderson trial is today with the end of the proceedings in sight.
Anderson is charged with first degree intentional homicide and stalking as well as hiding a corpse in Rosalio Gutierrez’s 2020 disappearance.
The prosecution rested Friday after three weeks of testimony.
During that time jurors heard how Gutierrez was the new love interest of Anderson’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his children.
But she stopped hearing from Gutierrez after May 17th 2020.
There was also evidence about the large amount of blood discovered in Gutierrez’s Kenosha apartment after his disappearance-which prosecutors say is evidence that Gutierriez is dead.
Gutierrez’s body has not been found and at the end of the prosecution’s case Anderson’s attorney asked the judge to dismiss the charges-especially the charge of hiding a corpse.
But Judge Bruce Schroeder ruled that if the jury finds Anderson guilty of murder there is sufficient evidence that they could also find he disposed of the body.
The defense opened their case on Friday.
The trial is expected to last another week.