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Jun 11, 2013 5:57 PM

5th Day of Testimony Ends in Laura Day Trial, Closing Arguments Wednesday

CORPUS CHRISTI - Testimony in the capital murder case of Laura Day wrapped up quickly today without the accused taking the stand in her own defense. Attorneys only called a county parks official and Laura Day's husband to the stand this afternoon.

Closing arguments in the case are expected to get underway tomorrow morning in the case of a stepmother charged for the drowning death of her six year old stepson.

Prosecutors are trying to prove a wide range of charges against Day, including capital murder, injury to a child, or child endangerment. That leaves the jury to consider if the evidence points towards Day intentionally causing Taylor Syring's death, not doing enough to prevent his death, or if the drowning was tragic accident that would lead to a not guilty verdict on all counts.

Jurors heard testimony from the boy's father that if he had any knowledge his new wife intended to harm his son he would have gotten out of the relationship. David Syring also said he and his wife were discussing setting money aside to start a college fund for Taylor.

The county parks official called to testify today by the defense said there were no riptide warnings out on the afternoon of October 5th, 2012. David Cross also told the court it is not unusual to see children swimming at the beach without life jackets.

Laura Day told police her stepson was wearing a life jacket at first, but she let him take it off because she believed he was a good swimmer.


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