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Prosecution Rests in Boychuk Trial

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RALEIGH — The prosecution wrapped upits case Wednesday against Bill Boychuk, accused of pushing his pregnantwife off a bridge before deliering fatal blows to her head. Boychuk's parentsbecame very emotional during testimony as they sat in the courtroom. 

As is customary at this point in a trial, the defense asked the judgeto drop all charges, arguing that the evidence was largely circumstantial.The prosecution, however, said there is just too much evidence againstBoychuk for the court to consider that, and Judge Robert Farmer agreedand declined to dismiss the charges. 

Jurors determining the guilt or innocence of Bill Boychuk returned tocourt Wednesday with the crime scene fresh in their minds. Tuesday, theyheaded out of court to the Cary Parkway bridge to see where Karen Boychukdied on December 31, 1995. 

The visit was expected to be very crucial to jurors because all of theevidence in the case is centered around that site. 

Wednesday, a medical examiner testified that Karen Boychuk did, indeed,fall off the bridge, but he says she was still alive when she hit the ground.She died, he said, after receiving four blows to the head that were inconsistentwith injuries caused by the fall. 

 

He also testified that the victim had a bruise on her nose that he believesshe sustained before the fall. The victim's mother, Carol Forehand, testifiedTuesday that she believes Karen Boychuk was treated roughly by her husbandand was concerned about the state of her marriage. 

Defense attorneys haven't decided yet whether their client will testify.. 

   

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