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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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codenamesparrow February 14 2014 at 8:01 AM

This is not the first time a "friend" cut out a unborn child remember Korena Roberts 27 killed Heather Snively for her child. Din't any of these women hear of a sperm bank.

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cslinz62 February 13 2014 at 10:10 PM

I still can't believe women are still so neeeeeeedy & love men enough to do something this stupid. Ain't no man worth flipping out for & then wind up in prison. Pitiful

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purehawk1 cslinz62 February 14 2014 at 12:10 AM

How does what this sick woman did to another unsuspecting woman and her child have anything to do with a man? It's like blaming capitalism for someone robbing and killing others for money. Why is it always someone else's fault whenever people do something daft?

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granthamplaster1 February 14 2014 at 9:06 AM

Life in prison? I'm thinking eternity in Hell.

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bonniangels February 14 2014 at 9:11 AM

I simply can't imagine the horror that Ms. Haynes went thru .
Our natural reaction is to defend the baby . I'm sure she defended her daughter to the terrible end with her life .
Now her little girl is with her family and the girls father .
So in the end , her daughter is safe .
You won Darlene .

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ga7smi February 13 2014 at 9:12 PM

wow

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HI BEAUTIFUL February 13 2014 at 7:49 PM

This was supposed to be her friend..........really?????? The woman is where she belongs and should never be let out. Even if she is crazy, she needs to stay locked up forever. She had the thought process to kill the woman for her child.........why did she just not wait till the woman gave birth. And how did she know what to do when she cut the child out from the mother. Some medical background here or what???? Never let her out ever!!!!!!!

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goncrazi HI BEAUTIFUL February 13 2014 at 9:10 PM

Medical knowledge wouldn't really be that necessary and I'm sure the cut wasn't "clean" like a surgeon trying not to harm other organs would make, she would have just had to cut through skin and organs until she could see the baby then cut open the uterus, remove the baby, get it to breath and cut the cord. Not much to it if you don't care about the condition you leave the mother in. There is a short window of time to take a baby out after the mother dies if the baby is to be alive and undamaged so I wonder if she was still alive when the baby was taken out in an attempt to minimize the possibility of damage to the baby by taking too long. Maybe was strangled enough to render her unconscience until after they took the baby. She couldn't wait until the baby was born, she wouldn't have been able to "create" the story of her water breaking, going to the hospital, having the baby and coming home the next day with a newborn. It isn't that easy to "steal" babies out of hospitals any more. I've heard of several cases of this in the last few years, never did hear what happened afterwards.

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CAMERON February 13 2014 at 7:49 PM

Very sad.

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equimate February 13 2014 at 7:46 PM

This is striking similar to a case in Philly in the 80s where the murderer was found innocent due to post-partum depression. Philadelphia Magazine did a feature article on this. The mother was drugged, cut open to get the baby, then stabbed when she awakened, and then hit on the head with a shovel and pushed down the steps. She was buried in a shallow grave in the back yard. Judge Lisa Richette (now dead) was the presiding judge. A huge miscarriage of justice. The result of the trial is still disturbing. The article was haunting.

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Still February 13 2014 at 7:41 PM

That dear little girl will never know her mom. May God bless her all her days.

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rx901tn February 14 2014 at 9:28 AM

why not just do the same to her
why are we paying to keep this thing alive for her life
elect cords are what $2.00 pay back should be hell.

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