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Au pair judge denies request; deliberations continue

Woodward October 30, 1997
Web posted at: 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT)

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (CNN) -- The jury deliberating for a third day in the case of a British au pair, charged with killing the baby in her care, reviewed testimony on Thursday by a doctor who treated the baby and a medical expert who testified on Louise Woodward's behalf.

Jurors asked for a transcript of testimony from Dr. Jan Leestma, who testified that 8-month-old Matthew Eappen died from an injury that occurred two to three weeks before he was hospitalized on February 4.

Judge Hiller Zobel told jurors that Leestma's two days of testimony would take too long to transcribe. He said they should resume their deliberations based on their notes and their memories.

The judge also reminded the jurors that they must find Woodward "not guilty" if they decide the prosecution did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. If the evidence overcomes any reasonable doubt, then a "guilty" verdict must be returned, Zobel said.


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