ugg boot sale uk Closing arguments in Capital Murder trial begin Thursday morning
ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) The Capital Murder trial of an Abilene mother accused of killing a newborn just moments after birth in January of 2016 has been recessed until Thursday morning, when closing arguments will take place.
The testimony portion of the trial concluded Wednesday then formal charges against Amber Craker were read in court.
Following the closing arguments, jury members will then deliberate and decide if Amber Craker is guilty of Capital Murder, Injury to a Child, and/or Tampering with Evidence Human Corpse.
Testimony heard during Day 3 of the trial can be found below.
School nurse was aware of Craker pregnancy
Day 3 of testimony during the murder trial of Amber Craker began when a school nurse for Abilene ISD took the stand.
The nurse claimed she had spoken with Craker about the pregnancy and Craker had told her she was due in June.
Next, the lead detective testified on the condition of the home where the baby was killed, saying it was filthy and there were at least 7 dogs, feces, and roaches throughout the property and the home only had one bathroom.
He also confirmed investigators were able to see the baby was fully developed when she was found in a trash can,
and the umbilical cord was still attached.
His testimony then revealed investigators believe tongs or a spatula was used during the birth, and he also claimed it not accurate that Amber was the only party involved in the birth, though she insists she acted alone.
A licensed psychologist for Abilene ISD was then called to the stand to talk about two assessments she conducted of Craker one in October of 2012 and one in October of 2015.
The psychologist says Craker was initially diagnosed with an “emotional disability” but had made “considerable progress” on the issue when she was assessed for a second time, prompting the psychologist to remove the “emotional disability” diagnosis, but Craker still exhibited signs of a learning disability.
However, the psychologist says she never had to lower her vocabulary to talk to Craker and in her expert opinion, Craker did not exhibit any signs that she doesn know right from wrong.
The last witness called to the stand before jurors got a break Wednesday morning was a DNA expert, who testified that the baby DNA and Craker DNA were the lone profiles found on the knife investigators believe was used to cut the baby throat and stab her at least three times.
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Craker and Cate were arrested in the days following the baby death. They are both charged with Capital Murder, Injury to a Child, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.