Accused Murderer Publishes Love Letter To Deceased Victim

By Jeff Neumeyer

July 16, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2010 at 5:51 PM EDT

WABASH, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- There’s a new twist in a Wabash County murder case.

The defendant is maintaining his innocence of the crime through a recent published love letter to the deceased victim, his wife.

The letter mentioned comes as Scott Pattison is in a battle to avoid a lengthy prison sentence.

A judge heard arguments Friday on the admissibility of a home surveillance video in the case.

That video recorded some of Scott Pattison's movements the day Lisa Pattison was suffocated at the couple’s home in July 2009 by a weight barbell.

Prosecutors say the video proves Pattison lied to police regarding his whereabouts the day of the homicide.

Scott Pattison's lawyers say it was illegally seized and should be stricken from evidence at trial.

A ruling is expected in early August.

Meanwhile, Indiana’s NewsCenter has learned that a poem from Scott Pattison to his dead wife Lisa was published in the Marion Chronicle Tribune on July 2nd, the one-year anniversary of her death.

It reads in part, " On this date a year ago, you left me all alone. I know in heaven, your soul will happily roam."

Continuing later, "Only you and God know what happened that day, when you grew your wings and flew away."

It was signed, "You'll never be forgotten. With all my love, Your husband."

There was no comment from Wabash County Prosecutor William Hartley.

He’s concerned about the volume of pre-trial publicity possibly forcing a change of venue, or a jury being brought in from another county to hear evidence.

The trial is scheduled for October 22nd.

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