Closing arguments heard in grisly Mass. cut-from-womb trial

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February 11, 2014, 12:38 pm
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(NECN: John Moroney, Worcester, Mass.) - Closing arguments were heard in the trial of a Worcester, Mass. woman accused of killing her pregnant friend and cutting the fetus from her womb, stealing the unborn child.

A judge has charged the jury with deliberating the outcome of the case against Julie Corey. Prosecutors say Corey killed 23-year-old Darlene Haynes - who was eight months pregnant at the time of her death - then cut the fetus from Haynes' womb and stole the unborn baby girl, who survived. Haynes' body was found a few days later in her Worcester apartment.

Corey was arrested in New Hampshire after being located at a homeless shelter with the child, whom Corey told her boyfriend was their child.

Prosecutors say Corey's own pregnancy ended with a stillborn birth, but the defense says police botched the investigation and suggested the victim's boyfriend and father of the baby, Roberto Rodriguez, is actually the one responsible for the murder.

"This case is not about whether Roberto Rodriguez is a bad person. It is not about whether or not the Worcester Police made mistakes in the investigation. It's whether or not Julie Corey, seeing a weak person in Darlene Haynes, seeing a vulnerable person in Darlene Haynes, decided to solve her problems on July 23 by taking Darlene Haynes' life," Worcester County Assistant District Attorney Dan Bennett said.

"The question here is whether or not the government, the Commonwealth, has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Julie Corey and Julie Corey alone killed Darlene Haynes and kidnapped and stole her baby. The question is not whether or not Julie Corey had the baby. Julie Corey had the baby, there's no dispute about that, there never was, but that is not the crime for which she has been charged. That is not the crime for which you are going to sit and judge upon her and decide her fate," defense attorney Louis Aloise said.

The young girl at the center of this case is now 4-years-old and living with her biological father.

Tags: massachusetts, Worcester, Darlene Haynes, John Moroney, Julie Corey
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