STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- A two-week trial began Monday for Jason Sypher, 43. He is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.
Jason Sypher (Portage County Jail)
He's charged with his wife's death and disappearance, although her body has not been found.
Krista Sypher was last seen in March of 2017. Almost a year and a half later, Jason, was arrested and charged with her murder.
Jury selection began Monday morning and both sides began their opening statements in the afternoon. Prosecutors say Jason Sypher had the opportunity and motive to commit this crime. They say the marriage was broken but that Sypher didn't want a divorce and didn't want to split assets.
Prosecutors lay out their case in court documents, filed soon after his arrest. They argue Jason was abusive in their relationship, and lied about his activities on the day Krista went missing. They say evidence, including a K9 indicating the presence of decomposing tissue in their home and in Jason's car, the fact that Jason threw away Krista's cell phone, Jason's purchase of trash bags the day of her disappearance, and car GPS data showing Jason driving to dumpsters all point to his guilt.
The defense biggest argument is that Krista has not been found. They argue that means she could very well still be alive.
Sypher's attorneys also dismiss the K9's findings because the dog indicated spots that were heavily trafficked by Krista. They say there is no video footage that shows Jason dumping a bag big enough to fit a body in a dumpster, and asserted that there is no physical evidence, and no body to suggest a crime was committed.