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More Witnesses Testify In Sophia Whitley Trial

Posted August 25, 2003

— Jurors heard from a SBI agent Monday about a 911 call in the trial of a Harnett County woman accused of murdering her newborn baby.

Sophia Whitley is charged with murder for allegedly giving birth to a baby boy in her parents' home last July, then leaving the baby to die in a trash bag in the trunk of a car.

A SBI agent testified Monday about a 911 call from the boyfriend of Sophia Whitley's sister, who told emergency personnel that he thought Whitley had given birth and the baby was somewhere around the house.

"He stated that the toilet was full of blood and there were large spots of blood caked on the floor and walls," SBI agent Mike West said.

Friends testified that Whitley looked pregnant, but she appeared to be concealing her condition. Prosectors showed jurors some of the bloody items that were found at the home, including the trash bag that Whitley's newborn was placed in.

Also on Monday, defense attorneys were able to get drug charges against Whitley dismissed. However, evidence of drugs found in her home and in the baby's system will be admissible in the trial.

Whitley's two sisters and ex-boyfriend are expected to testify later in the week. Whitley could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

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