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Mass. cut-from-womb trial coming to a close

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 | 5:25 a.m.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a Massachusetts woman charged with killing her pregnant friend and cutting the fetus from her womb is coming to a close.

Closing arguments in the trial of Julie Corey are scheduled for Tuesday, after which the case could go to the jury.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1dft9PH ) reports that the defense rested Monday after state social workers involved with the victim were called to testify.

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 girl survived, and Corey told her boyfriend the baby was theirs.

Corey's lawyers have said their client did not kill Haynes and came into possession of the baby "by lawful means," although they did not elaborate.

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