Novak murder trial to begin at Cannon

CNJ staff

The military murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base courthouse.

Kimberly S. Novak, 20, was found dead Oct. 28, 2004, in the military housing unit the couple shared on base at Cannon. Military officials said she died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

Novak has been held in confinement at Cannon since he was charged March 21, 2006.

He could face life in prison if convicted.

A member of the 712th Maintenance Squadron Provisional, Novak was charged with pre-meditated murder under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

A pre-trial investigation held under Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice concluded there was sufficient cause to believe a crime was committed.

Defense attorneys alleged Kimberly Novak may have been the mistaken target of retaliation against a witness in an unrelated homicide trial during an earlier evidence hearing.

Novak is serving a two-year, five-month sentence for child neglect and received a bad conduct discharge from the military.