'Spray Tan' Murder Trial Defendant Adam Kaufman Explains His Defense


"No matter what, I'm truly blessed to have that," he said of his wife's family's support. "Her family has been extremely supportive throughout this whole thing."

"Everyone that knew our relationship and knew us would never in a million years think that would be possible," Kaufman said of the charges that he strangled his wife.

Aizman's outburst during the final moments of the trial was the last of several volatile moments, which not only included the suggestion of Lina Kaufman's fatal reaction to a spray tan, but accusations of professional incompetence on the part of the medical examiner, and even an in-court comparison to the infamous Casey Anthony murder trial from last summer.

The fireworks-fueled trial soon included hints that Kaufman strangled his wife for lust, and that he began dating just after she died.

"By January, February, [Kaufman and another woman] are having regular sex. He was not exactly devastated by his wife's passing. I mean, the best analogy I can think of is when Casey Anthony is getting a tattoo," prosecutors said in court.

"That was hard to hear," Kaufman said today. "That's just a misstatement of facts. That's not true at all."

"Two months after my wife's passing, it was very difficult for me to leave the house," he explained. "Thankfully I have an identical twin brother who, along with his wife, pushed me to get out and not be such a recluse. They took me to this graduation party and I met someone there on a friendly basis and several months later we kept going out. Nothing nefarious."

Later in the nearly month-long trial, Miami Dade Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Bruce Hyma was under fire from the defense team for taking 18 months before he declared the death of Eleonora Kaufman as "mechanical asphyxia in the matter of homicide".

Hyma said that he had to rule out everything he could think of that could be responsible for Eleonora's death other than a homicide.

"Your motivation is to keep your job now," defense attorney Bill Matthewman said of Hyma, who responded that he did not know his job was on the line.

On Tuesday, the jury delivered the not guilty verdict, citing "the overwhelming evidence and the forensics evidence that was laid out by the prosecution as well as the defense."

Kaufman said his mind was focused as the not guilty verdict was read.

"All I could think about were my two children, my wife," he said. "To be honest I didn't hear anything else until my two lawyers hugged me and then I knew it was over."

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