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Closing arguments set for murder trial over Baby Doe’s death

During closing arguments in the trial of the man accused of murdering two-year-old Bella Bond, the defense called the girl’s mother’s account of her death “a gruesome figment of her imagination”.Tuesday, during closing arguments, defense attorney Jonathan Shapiro said the jury should not believe her testimony.McCarthy, 37, said to Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sander that he would not take the stand in his own defense, according to the Boston Globe.”Michael McCarthy is innocent and the real person who should be on trial is Rachelle Bond”.Sponsored Content – Download our Executive Briefing to learn how agency and industry experts are hoping to reduce insider threats.Authorities launched an extensive effort to try to identify the girl, known as “Baby Doe”, and commissioned a forensic artist to draw a composite image of her. The defense alleges it was Rachelle who harbored freakish beliefs about demons and killed her daughter.McCarthy elected not to testify before his defense rested. Bond was also charged for helping dispose of Bella’s body – and for taking government benefits for her daughter after her death.She testified that she told McCarthy he had killed Bella, and Bond said he replied, “It was her time to die, she was a demon”. “It was a web of lies and a changing web of lies”.McCarthy’s lawyer says the mother killed the girl.To find McCarthy guilty of first-degree murder – with a mandatory life sentence – jurors must be unanimously convinced Bella’s homicide was either premeditated or committed with extreme atrocity or cruelty or both. Prosecutors say McCarthy tossed her into the South Boston cruise ship channel in a duffel bag weighted with barbells that tore open. However, she testified in court that she in fact saw him punch her in the stomach with his fist, making her bounce off the mattress and fell back down.