Testy testimony between Lippe, ADA at wife-slay trial

The murder trial of Cortlandt jeweler Werner Lippe (left) turned into a verbal sparring match this afternoon, when prosecutors pressed him to explain why he never called a hospital after his wife vanished two years ago.

“You don’t understand? Maybe I speak to you in German,” the Austria-born Lippe told Assistant District Attorney John O’Rourke. “Do you understand English?”

“Did you treat your wife the way you’re trying to treat me?” O’Rourke shot back. “Did you argue with her the way you’re arguing with me?

The heated exchange came as Lippe, 68, was cross-examined in Westchester County Court at his retrial in the death of his wife, Faith, a 49-year-old school nutritionist who disappeared on Oct. 3, 2008. SWerner Lippe is charged with second-degree murder in her death.

Lippe’s cross examination will continue tomorrow, which will be the last day of testimony. Jurors will hear closing arguments Friday and begin deliberating on Monday.

Read more about this story tomorrow in The Journal News and on LoHud.com.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.