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Convicted Child Molester to Testify For Boggess

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Michael Boggess testifies in the sentencing phase of his son's capital murder trial
DURHAM — Testimony from a convicted child molester couldsave a convicted murderer's life. A Durham judge decided to allowTodd Boggess' father take the witness stand Thursday.

Michael Boggess told the jury about the many times hesexually abused his own son and how that might have affected Todd Boggess.

The younger Boggess was convicted of killing a Wilmington teen. Hisfather's testimony would be heard by the jury trying to determine if ToddBoggess should get the death penalty.

Michael Boggess estimated he had molested nearly 2,000 children in hislife. He said he exercised intimidation and control techniques on his sonand the other children.

Prosecutors did not want the elder Boggess to take the stand.

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