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Testimony ends in fetal-abduction trial (UPDATE)

By: Associated Press//September 20, 2012//

Testimony ends in fetal-abduction trial (UPDATE)

By: Associated Press//September 20, 2012//

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee woman accused of killing a pregnant woman last year and trying to steal her unborn baby has chosen not to testify in her own defense.

Annette Morales-Rodriguez faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of the woman and her baby.

After the state rested its case Thursday morning, the defense said Morales-Rodriguez would not be taking the stand. Judge David Borowski questioned her briefly to verify that it was her choice not to testify. After she confirmed, the defense rested its case without calling any witnesses.

A conviction on either count carries a mandatory life sentence, although a judge could allow for the possibility of parole. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.

Her public defender contends the homicides weren’t intentional.

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