BOULDER, Colo. – The Latest on the trial of a Colorado woman who cut an unborn baby from another woman's womb: (all times local):
Jurors are considering the fate of a Colorado woman who cut an unborn baby from another woman's womb, a case which reignited the debate over the legal rights of fetuses.
They began deliberating Monday after the defense argued that Dynel Lane should be acquitted of attempted murder in last March's attack. Defense attorney Kate Herold told jurors that it was impulsive and reckless and Lane would have had a weapon rather than just grabbing things that were accessible if she had planned the attack.
Lane tried putting pillows over Wilkins' face and hit her in the head with a lava lamp.
However, District Attorney Stan Garnett says Lane was careful and deliberate enough to switch to using a second knife to remove the baby.
Lane is charged with unlawful termination of a pregnancy, not murder, in the death of the baby because there was no evidence the fetus lived outside the womb. Unborn children aren't considered people under Colorado law.
Prosecutors say a Colorado woman who cut an unborn baby from another woman's womb was obsessed with having a baby and didn't care what happened with the other woman.
Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney Catrina Weigel told jurors Monday during closing arguments at the trial of Dynel Lane that she had been lying about expecting a baby boy and only cared about getting a baby when she attacked Michelle Wilkins last March. Wilkins' baby died and she survived.
The attack reignited the debate over the legal rights of fetuses.
Lane is charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault for attacking Wilkins and unlawful termination of a pregnancy, not murder, for the death of the baby.
The judge reminded jurors Monday that an unborn child isn't considered a person under state law.