What is normally a private conversation between a couple and their marriage counselor, was laid bare in an Oneida County courtroom Wednesday, to help jurors decide if the estranged husband murdered his wife.
Linda Troutman Zelows, LCSW, saw murder defendant Jason D'Avolio and his estranged wife, Kerrilee D'Avolio, once together and once each, separately. That was enough for her to verify what jurors have been hearing for more than a week-the D'Avolios had two very different goals.
"He really wanted the reconciliation and she really wanted out of the marriage," said Troutman Zelows.
The counselor found Jason D'Avolio to have low-end, mild depression. She didn't screen Kerrilee D'Avolio for it, because she saw no reason.
"She clearly was goal directed. She was absolutely goal directed speech, she had forward-thinking plans. She wasn't hopeless helpless. I didn't see any reason to administer it," said Troutman Zelows.
Also on the witness stand on Wednesday, a special agent with the Department of Defense, who analyzed Jason D'Avolio's work laptop. D'Avolio worked for DFAS, in Rome. According to what the special agent read from D'Avolio's laptop, D'Avolio used it as a diary to chronicle his unfulfilling marriage.
"Sadly, as hard as I tried to bond, it seems I failed. She still has no desire to be a couple," said Special Agent, Kirk Ellis.
Ellis read another comment from D'Avolio that could be taken multiple ways.
"After insulting me, asks if she could go on a four-day trip with Kayla. Turns out it's in July/August. She will be long removed before then, so no big deal to me."
The prosecution is expected to rest on Thursday. Then, the defense can start calling witnesses.