MIAMI (CBS4 ) – For five years, Adam Kaufman lived under a cloud of suspicion, being called a cold blooded killer.
On Tuesday, he told “48 Hours Mystery”, he was finally able to clear his name.
After eight hours of deliberation, a Miami jury acquitted Kaufman of the second degree murder of his wife Lina. Jurors said they did not buy the prosecutors argument that Kaufman murdered her. Instead a defense witness said Lina died of a heart condition.
“It’s a scary, scary, scary thing and you just hope that logical heads in that jury will prevail and look at the evidence and look at everything that’s been presented…and really look at what’s not been presented,” said Kaufman.
One of the things going through his mind, Kaufman said, was the thought of not returning home to his children.
“The kids go to school and you give them a hug and a kiss,” said Kaufman. ”This morning was different.”
Kaufman spoke about the jury, his mother-in-law testifying on his behalf, and thought of not returning to his children…
One of the turning points of the trial, Kaufman said, was when his mother-in-law Frida Aizman testified on his behalf.
“Talk about brave. Talk about courage, what it would take, I have children and you know to God forbid to go through what she’s gone through,” said Kaufman. “I can’t even imagine what she’s gone through.”
Kaufman said his focus will turn toward raising his son and daughter, and someday explain to them what happened to their mother.
“48 Hours Mystery” will air the rest of the Kaufman interview in an hour long special in the coming weeks.