- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Attorneys will make their final arguments to jurors next week in the trial of a Colorado woman charged with cutting an unborn baby from another woman’s womb and claiming the child was her own.

Defendant Dynel Lane on Friday told the judge she would not testify, the Longmont Times-Call reported (https://tinyurl.com/jhdq9xy). The defense rested its case without calling any witnesses.

Prosecutors called a total of 16 witnesses, including the victim, Michelle Wilkins. Her baby did not survive.

Closing arguments are expected Monday.

Lane is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the March 2015 attack.

Wilkins was nearly eight months pregnant when she went to Lane’s Longmont home after Lane advertised free maternity clothes. Prosecutors say Lane stabbed and beat Wilkins and then cut the baby from her abdomen with two kitchen knives.

The baby girl was declared dead after Lane and her boyfriend took her to the hospital.

Wilkins lost consciousness after the attack, but she came to and called 911. She was rushed to the same hospital, where she underwent surgery lasting several hours.

Dr. Kevin Berg testified that Wilkins might have lost more than half her blood.

District Attorney Stan Garnett said Lane was obsessed with pregnancy and pretended she was expecting.

Police Detective Sara Pierce testified Thursday that Lane told some people through Facebook she gave birth to a baby boy; she told others she was still pregnant but overdue.

Defense attorneys said Lane attacked Wilkins on impulse and never intended to kill Wilkins, despite the bloody scene that investigators found at the scene.

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Information from: Daily Times-Call, https://timescall.com/


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