Homicide

Attorneys for a man charged with pushing wife from cliff rest case without calling witnesses

Attorneys for a man accused of pushing his wife to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park have rested their case without calling any witnesses.

Closing arguments in the federal trial of 59-year-old Harold Henthorn are set for Friday. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his second wife, Toni Henthorn, who fell about 130 feet off a cliff in a remote area where the couple had been hiking on Sept. 29, 2012.

Prosecutors say Henthorn stood to benefit from his wife's life insurance policies totaling $4.7 million that she didn't know existed. Defense attorney Craig Truman says her death was an accident. Henthorn was the only witness.

A coroner testified during the two-week trial that he couldn't determine whether the woman fell or was pushed.