Cut-from-womb murder case coming to a close

Defendant Julie Corey, 39, sits in Worcester, Mass. Superior Court, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 as she waits for her murder trial to begin. Corey is accused of beating and strangling her pregnant friend, Darlene Haynes, and then cutting the baby from her womb and passing the girl off as her own child. (AP Photo/Rick Cinclair)

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 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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