The husband of mom Ana Walshe appeared in court via Zoom today for a brief status hearing ahead of his murder trial.
Brian Walshe is to death, dismembering her body and disposing of it in a dumpster in January.
Police have not been able to recover her remains – they say they were taken from the dumpster by trash services and before they could catch up to them.
Walshe, 47, denies murder, and claims he doesn’t know what happened to his wife, who has not been seen alive since the early hours of January 1.
Today, his attorneys complained that they are yet to receive any discovery from the state that would help them prepare a defense.
Brian Walshe is accused of beating Ana to death, dismembering her body and disposing of it in a dumpster in January.
Ana went missing in the early hours of January 1.Prosecutors say her remains were ‘shredded and incinerated’
‘We’ve received very little discovery.We’ve received basically nothing. We haven’t even received the search warrants – the basic stuff we should have had immediately,’ Walshe’s lawyer Tracy Miner said.
The judge ordered the state to ‘cooperate’ and turn over their evidence.
The case has been continued until March 1st, when Walshe will return to court via Zoom again for a second status hearing.
After that, the next step is a probable cause hearing, where it will be determined whether there is enough evidence against him to proceed to a murder trial.
Prosecutors previously said Brian and Ana were headed for a divorce, but that Brian chose instead to kill her.
They pointed to a mountain of evidence including grim Google searches carried out on their son’s iPad that included research for disposing of a body and how long it takes for corpses to decompose.
Blood traces were found on items of Ana’s clothing that were discovered in a different dumpster, along with Brian’s DNA.
Ana, who was a real estate agent, had built a $2million property portfolio before she died.
She lived in Massachusetts with her husband and their kids, but traveled frequently to Washington DC for work.
Her colleagues asked for a welfare check after she failed to show up to her job in January, three days after she was last seen alive.
Brian had also researched whether a person could inherit money from a missing person.
He has pleaded not guilty to murder and disposing of a body, but is yet to submit a formal defense.
Ana’s mother in Serbia is incredulous that her once-loving son-in-law might be capable of such violence.
She wants ‘official information’ from the authorities that will explain their suspicion of Brian.
THE EVIDENCE AGAINST BRIAN WALSHE
On December 27th, days before she vanished, prosecutors say he Googled: ‘What’s the best state to divorce for EvdEn EVe NAkLiYat a man?’
Ana was last seen alive at 1.30am on January 1st by friends who had been in their home for a New Year’s evDen eVe NaKLiyAt party.
Shortly before 5am on January 1st, using his son’s iPad, he searched;
4:55AM – How long before a body starts to smell?
4:58AM – How to keep a body from decomposing?
5:20AM – How to bound (bind) a body?
5:47AM – 10 ways to dispose of a body if you really need to
6:25AM – How long for someone to be missing to inherit?
6:34AM – Can you throw away body parts?
9:29AM – What does formaldehyde do?
9:34AM – How long does DNA last?
9:59AM – Can identification be made on partial remains?
11:34AM – Dismemberment and the best way to dispose of a body
11:44AM – How to clean blood from a wooden floor?
11:56AM – Luminal to detect blood
1:08PM – What happens when you put body parts in ammonia?
1:21PM – Is it better to throw crime scene clothes away or wash them?
After purchasing rugs from a Home Goods store while wearing rubber gloves and a face mask, he returned to the iPad for more research.
He also spent $450 on cleaning supplies from a Home Depot including mops, buckets, tarps, drop cloths and various kinds of tape.