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Closing arguments in Mass. cut-from-womb trial

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 | 9:10 a.m.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Attorneys have presented their closing arguments in the trial of a Massachusetts woman charged with killing her pregnant friend and cutting the fetus from her womb.

A jury in Worcester (WUS'-tur) will now deliberate the fate of Julie Corey. Prosecutors say Corey killed Darlene Haynes, who was eight months pregnant, made an incision in Haynes' abdomen and took her unborn baby in July 2009. The baby girl survived, and Corey told her boyfriend the baby was theirs.

In closing arguments Tuesday, defense attorney Louis P. Aloise offered a theory that Haynes was actually killed by her ex-boyfriend, who then cut out the baby and gave her to Corey and her boyfriend. The three were found at a homeless shelter in Plymouth, N.H.

Prosecutor Daniel J. Bennett dismissed the defense's theory as a fantasy.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com