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Mass. woman found guilty in cut-from-womb killing



WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A woman accused of killing her pregnant friend three months after her own miscarriage was convicted Wednesday of beating and strangling the friend, then cutting the baby from her womb and passing the child off as her daughter.

Julie Corey sobbed as a Worcester Superior Court jury found her guilty of the 2009 murder of 23-year-old Darlene Haynes. The jurors had deliberated for 10 hours over two days. Sentencing was scheduled for Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Haynes was eight months pregnant when Corey attacked her and cut the baby out of her body. They told the jury that Corey had been pregnant, too, but had a miscarriage three months earlier and told her boyfriend and family that Haynes' baby was her own.

"It's probably the most horrific case this office has ever seen in terms of facts," District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement after the verdict was handed down. "This woman was killed for her baby."

Corey, 39, did not testify during the trial.

"I feel comfortable that justice was done for Darlene," Haynes' uncle, Karl Whitney, of Palmer, told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. He said he feels sorry for Corey's family. "I just can't imagine going through something like that with one of my children."

Corey's lawyers contended that police failed to follow up on leads that could have implicated other potential suspects in the killing, including Haynes' ex-boyfriend. They also suggested that Haynes' ex-boyfriend had given Corey and her boyfriend, Alex Dion, the baby. Dion denied that on the witness stand.

Defense lawyer Michael Wilcox said he was disappointed with the verdict, but not surprised. He said they plan to appeal.

"We were aware of the evidence against her," Wilcox said, adding that the facts alone in the case were difficult to discuss. "We worked very hard to present the jury with a different picture, but we weren't ultimately successful."

Wilcox said he would not comment on Corey's reaction but said it was understandable that she was upset.

"She faced the somber realization that she will spend the rest of her life in prison," he said.

Haynes' body was found in a closet in her apartment on July 27, 2009. She had been beaten in the head and strangled with an electrical cord. Her abdomen had been cut open, and her baby was gone.

Corey, Dion and Haynes' baby were found two days later at a homeless shelter in Plymouth, N.H. Her lawyers acknowledged that she was found with the baby but said she played no role in Haynes' slaying.

Dion testified that Corey, whom he believed was pregnant at the time, called him on July 23, 2009, and told him she was giving Haynes a ride to a store. Later that night, Corey called him to say her water had broken and a friend was taking her to the hospital to give birth, Dion said.

A couple of hours later, Corey called him again and said, "We had a baby," Dion testified. Dion said Corey arrived home the next morning with a baby girl he believed was his daughter. He said he and Corey introduced the baby to family and friends over the next couple of days.

The girl, now 4, lives with her biological father.

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lyleva February 14 2014 at 4:00 PM

Sick, sick,, sick

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Linda February 14 2014 at 12:06 PM

Man, that is so sick, just so sick! That woman belong in jail for life....actually, I wish her the death sentence for what she did. She did that on purpose so she should be able to get the death sentence if it is legal in that state. Ugh....what is wrong with people?! SICK. JUST SICK. What took so long to bring her to trial as well? I swear the system is broken when it takes 20 years to put someone to death and years just for a trial like this. It is crazy. Just glad they found her guilty. Lock her up and throw away the key!

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FISHER February 14 2014 at 11:54 AM

only reason the Defense Lawyer wants to Appeal the Verdict is $$$$$ from the State..He's being payed by them....Yep, she should be put to death...too bad the death penalty isn't in that state...just wait, the prisoner's will get her...

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americanonlydave February 14 2014 at 12:04 PM

totally agreed.................both Corey and the attorney should be shot.

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ladkraemer February 14 2014 at 11:45 AM

What Christian attitudes I find here. This woman is Sick, very sick. It's found in nature stealing babies and sometimes killing the parent to do it. It doesn't excuse it but, it can be a hormonal imbalance since she had a miscarriage. Postpartum depression can come after a miscarriage and women actually have killed themselves or lost control and killed others, regretfully, their own children. So we have to be careful when we judge. It can happen to the most innocent woman that you would never think would do anything wrong.

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tttttttt February 14 2014 at 11:45 AM

Does any one of you lynch mobbers want to entertain how this woman made such a desparate and violent choice? Do the words post partum psychosis ring any kind of bell. She had a miscarriage 3 mos. prior. This does not excuse her actions, but it may explain some of her state of mind. Not
everyone will develop a psychosis after childbirth, but some will. So how many people close to her are now culpable in a part of this? Did she have any support over the loss of her own child. If we do not look at causes and just lynch people for their crimes, how is it we are supposed to prevent it from happening again? I am quite bewildered at the violent responses here, especially since it appears that you dont think your violent responses could lead you to your own scenario. Look in the mirror and repeat those words and tell me you think your violent responses are not a violence within you.

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Corrina February 14 2014 at 11:25 AM

This murderer should be executed.

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sebastiandunbar February 14 2014 at 11:18 AM

Sad none the less

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Linda February 14 2014 at 11:15 AM

Massachuesetts does not have the death penalty any more. In 1982 it was declared
unconstitutional. Too bad.

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ajpoolio1 February 14 2014 at 11:13 AM

B - - - - - d should rot in hell.

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dollie4444 February 14 2014 at 11:11 AM

She should be put to DEATH imediately

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