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Widow flees courtroom in tears as jury hears witness accounts in UK soldier's killing

  • This is a court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of the two men accused of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, on the left is Michael Adebolajo, and Michael Adebowale, during their trial at the Old Bailey in central London,  Friday Nov. 29, 2013. Prosecutors showed jurors graphic videotape of the events surrounding the near decapitation of a British soldier on a London street, as the trial of two men opened Friday in the suspected Islamic extremist attack. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, drove their car directly at Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, lifting his body onto the hood and slamming it to the windshield, prosecutor Richard Whittam said.  (AP Photo/PA, Elizabeth Cook) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    This is a court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of the two men accused of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, on the left is Michael Adebolajo, and Michael Adebowale, during their trial at the Old Bailey in central London, Friday Nov. 29, 2013. Prosecutors showed jurors graphic videotape of the events surrounding the near decapitation of a British soldier on a London street, as the trial of two men opened Friday in the suspected Islamic extremist attack. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, drove their car directly at Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, lifting his body onto the hood and slamming it to the windshield, prosecutor Richard Whittam said. (AP Photo/PA, Elizabeth Cook) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated file image released on Thursday May 23, 2013 by the British Ministry of Defence, shows Lee Rigby, who was attacked and killed by two men in the Woolwich area of London on May 23, 2013. A prosecutor outlined the chilling tactics used to nearly decapitate an unarmed British soldier on a London street, as two men went on trial Friday Nov. 29, 2013 in connection with the suspected extremist attack. (AP Photo/MOD, File)

    FILE - This undated file image released on Thursday May 23, 2013 by the British Ministry of Defence, shows Lee Rigby, who was attacked and killed by two men in the Woolwich area of London on May 23, 2013. A prosecutor outlined the chilling tactics used to nearly decapitate an unarmed British soldier on a London street, as two men went on trial Friday Nov. 29, 2013 in connection with the suspected extremist attack. (AP Photo/MOD, File)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors have presented witness accounts of how two men accused of killing of a British soldier on a London street ran him over with a car then attacked him with knives and a meat cleaver.

The widow of 25-year-old Lee Rigby left the court in tears Monday as prosecutor Richard Whittam read out the accounts at London's Central Criminal Court.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and 22-year-old Michael Adebowale are accused of murdering Rigby on May 22. They deny the charges.

One witness, Thomas Seymour, said he saw one suspect stab at the soldier's torso "10 or 20 times" on the side of the road. He said he saw the other suspect attack the victim's head and believed he was trying to decapitate the victim.

The defense case will be presented later.