Week of difficult testimony in case of woman accused of cutting fetus out of 7-months pregnant woman

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Closing arguments are set for Monday in the case against a woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting the unborn baby from her womb. Prosecutors say Dynel Lane, 34,  lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her home with a Craigslist ad for maternity clothes. Wilkins was seven months pregnant.

Dynel Lane, Courtesy KDVR-TV

Dynel Lane, Courtesy KDVR-TV

The defense rested its case Friday without calling a single witness. Defense attorneys asked the judge to drop all the charges, but the judge denied the request and sent the jury home for the weekend.

The district attorney says Lane hit Wilkins over the head with a lamp, stabbed her in the neck, then cut Wilkins' abdomen and took the unborn baby.

Wilkins was left for dead but survived. On Wednesday, Wilkins took the stand to describe the pain she felt after she realized her unborn baby, Aurora, was cut from her womb.

"My first instinct was to get up and I just felt this real intense pain in my stomach," she said.

She realized she had been cut from hip to hip, and that her baby was gone.

She told jurors that Lane 'bore down with all her weight' on her windpipe.

Michelle Wilkins, Courtesy: KDVR

Michelle Wilkins, Courtesy: KDVR

"I remember everything going black," Wilkins said.

The defense cross-examined Wilkins carefully that day, but called no witnesses of its own. During opening statements, Lane's attorney argued that the attack was not planned, wanting jurors to believe that although Lane may be guilty, it was not first-degree murder.

"This was a woman who was overcome by this desire, decision, behavior, not someone thinking clearly who had planned," the attorney said.

On Thursday, the jury heard from doctors and police as physical and forensic evidence was presented.

Lane's fiance also testified that he became suspicious about her claim to be pregnant when something would always prevent him from attending doctor appointments with her.

Lane has pleaded not guilty to six felony counts, including attempted first-degree murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Michelle Wilkins' unborn daughter Aurora did not survive. Lane could be sentenced to 140 years in prison if she is convicted on all counts. She remains jailed on a $2 million bond.


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