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Published November 14, 2012, 06:14 PM

Defense wraps up cross examination of Dr. Alonna Norberg in trial’s day five

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Prosecutors argue Dr. Jon Norberg tried to obstruct the legal process before his criminal case ever made it to trial.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Prosecutors argue Dr. Jon Norberg tried to obstruct the legal process before his criminal case ever made it to trial.

Dr. Jon Norberg is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting his wife Dr. Alonna Norberg, using the powerful sedative propofol.

Day five of the trial began with the defense wrapping up cross examination of Dr. Alonna Norberg, claiming her allegations of sexual assault stem from the couple's current divorce battle in civil court.

Defense Attorney Robert Hoy says Alonna is setting his client up, to make sure she gets custody of their three children.

But she claims she didn't know this criminal case could affect the civil case.

Dr. Alonna Norberg, Dr. Jon Norberg’s Wife: "Mr. Hoy, I don't know how this case will relate to the next case. This case is about this case, it's about what happened between Jon and I. Leave the children out of it."

After Alonna was done testifying, the state eventually called her father Robert Knorr to the stand, first questioning him without the jury present.

They say Dr. Jon Norberg met with Knorr a week before the trial started, asking him to agree to a settlement to stop the trial.

Robert Knorr, Alonna Norberg’s Father: "He started talking about it being devastating to children, families, wanted to talk about a global settlement because there are other civil matters pending."

Knorr says Jon Norberg's global settlement included the couples divorce case, a property matter, and the criminal case.

Knorr: “Said Alonna could say it was a dream, etc. to stop trial.”

And says Jon Norberg asked them to go to a lawyer to make that happen.

Knorr: "I said to be honest you can tell your attorney to go to hell because this is not going to happen.”

Defense Attorney Hoy tried to keep this testimony from going before jurors, but ultimately the judge sided with the state.

Douglass Herman, Cass County Judge: "Obstruction of criminal process.”

A detective with the Fargo police department also testified, stating he found 24 bottles of propofol in the Norberg's safe when they conducted a search of the couples’ home.

Matt Ysteboe, Fargo Police Detective: “From analysis done, we’re not able to determine any fingerprints on bottles correct? Yes.”

Dr. Jon Norberg is charged with gross sexual imposition, punishable by up to life in prison, and reckless endangerment.

No word on if he may face additional charges on those claims he obstructed the criminal process.

Dr. Alonna Norberg is also suing him and his former practice at Sanford Health for malpractice.