Larissa's own words
Jurors watched more than two hours of Larissa Schuster's police interrogation in which she portrayed her husband as volatile and controlling but worried about how Tim's disappearance would affect their young son. Then Bob Solis was called to the stand to talk about his friend Tim and contradict Larissa's disparaging account.
Jurors had the opportunity to hear that intensity for themselves as prosecutors played nearly two dozen voice mails from Larissa to Tim Schuster in open court. In addition to the many derogatory names she called her husband, were veiled threats about the couple's relationships with their children: "I'll tell you what, this is going to come back to haunt you... You talk about me alienating your kids, you're doing a damn good job yourself. And you just wait, it's coming, sweetheart." Whereas prosecutors pointed to the messages as proof of her murderous rage, defense attorneys portrayed the calls as an unfortunate outgrowth of a bad divorce. In fact, defense attorney Roger Nuttall emphasized, the voice mails were left between May and November 2002 a full seven months before Tim's murder.