Dynel Lane, accused of cutting baby from womb, found guilty of attempted murder

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Woman Accused of Cutting Baby From Womb Found Guilty of Attempted Murder

BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — Dynel Lane, the Longmont woman accused of attacking another woman and cutting the unborn baby from her womb, was found guilty of six felony counts, including attempted first-degree murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy, by a Boulder County jury on Tuesday morning.

The 12-person jury received the case late Monday morning and deliberated until about 5 p.m. without reaching a verdict. It returned at 9 a.m. Tuesday and said it had reached a verdict just before 10 a.m.

Lane showed no emotion as the judge read the verdicts that included four guilty verdicts for felony assault charges.

Lane had pleaded not guilty for the March 18, 2015 attack that left Michelle Wilkins' unborn daughter Aurora dead. Wilkins went to Lane's home after responding to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes in a ghastly case that shocked many in Colorado and across the country.

Wilkins recounted the attack in testimony on Wednesday. On Thursday, the jury heard from doctors and police as physical and forensic evidence was presented.

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BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Michelle Wilkins speaks candidly about the attack on her almost a year ago, losing her unborn child and the emotional trial to members of the press inside the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. A jury reached a verdict finding Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Mark and Wendy Wilkins, the parents of Michelle Wilkins, talk about the guilty verdict in the trail and their daughter Michelle Wilkins inside the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. A jury reached a verdict finding Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Michelle Wilkins speaks candidly about the attack on her almost a year ago, losing her unborn child and the emotional trial to members of the press inside the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. A jury reached a verdict finding Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Mark and Wendy Wilkins, left, parents of Michelle Wilkins, and Beth Kemper, right, a 911 dispatcher for the City of Longmont, listen to Michelle Wilkins speak candidly about the attack on her almost a year ago, losing her unborn child and the emotional trial to members of the press inside the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. A jury reached a verdict finding Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Michelle Wilkins, right, looks happy as she walks out of the Boulder County Courthouse accompanied by Boulder district attorney Stan Garnett, left and chief deputy district attorney Catrina Weigel, middle, to address the media in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. A jury reached a verdict finding Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Michelle Wilkins, right, with her father Mark Wilkins, left, by her side, speaks to members of the media outside of the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. After two days of deliberations a jury found Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
FILE - In this undated file photo, provided by the Longmont Police Department shows Dynel Lane, 34, who is accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in the stomach and removing her baby, while the expectant mother visited her home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist authorities said. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said Thursday, March 26, 2015, that Lane will not be charged with murder in the baby's death. (AP Photo/ Longmont Police Department, File)
The Wilkins' family spokesman Michael Perini reads a family statement to members of the media following a preliminary hearing for her client Dynel Lane, the Longmont, Colo., a woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb, at the Boulder County Justice Center, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Lane is charged with attacking Michelle Wilkins and removing her 8-month-old fetus after Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
A police offer enters the courtroom before a preliminary hearing for Dynel Lane, the Longmont, Colo., woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb at the Boulder County Justice Center, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Lane is charged with attacking Michelle Wilkins and removing her 8-month-old fetus after Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Defense attorney Kathryn Herold enters the courtroom before a preliminary hearing for her client Dynel Lane, the Longmont, Colo., who is accused of cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb, at the Boulder County Justice Center, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Lane is charged with attacking Michelle Wilkins and removing her 8-month-old fetus after Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
LONGMONT, CO - MARCH 22: Teagan Reiff, 4 (front), holds a candle as his brother Beckett, 7, is held by their mother, Julie, as they observe a five-minute moment of silence for stabbing victim Michelle Wilkins and her unborn baby who died as a result. A vigil was held for the baby of Michelle Wilkins, who was stabbed and had her fetus removed when she replied to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes, on Sunday, March 22, 2015. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
An anti-abortion protester shouts to passersby following a news conference by Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, who discussed the case of Dynel Lane, the woman accused of cutting a baby from an expectant motherâs belly, at Boulder County Justice Center, in Boulder, Colo., Friday, March 27, 2015. Lane was charged Friday with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
BOULDER, CO - MARCH 27: Seven-month-old Owen Korejwo kisses his mom's arm, Katie Korejwo, as she listens to Boulder District Attorney, Stan Garnett, during a press conference at the Boulder County Justice Center regarding the criminal charges filed in the Dynel Lane case, March 27, 2015. Korejwo, who is a right for life supporter from Arvada, came to Boulder to show her disappointment that the Boulder DA did not file murder charges in this case in which a pregnant woman was attacked and her unborn child removed from the womb. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LONGMONT, CO - MARCH 22: A woman observes a five-minute moment of silence in honor of stabbing Victim Michelle Wilkins and her unborn child who died as a result. A vigil was held for the baby of Michelle Wilkins, who was stabbed and had her fetus removed when she replied to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes, on Sunday, March 22, 2015. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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She held her father's hand as the guilty verdicts were read.

Before resting Friday, the prosecution played a taped interview as Lane was questioned by detectives from the Longmont Police Department. Lane told investigators that it was Wilkins who had a knife and tried to stab her.

Lane showed little emotion during the trial, which began Wednesday. But when prosecutors played the recording, she cried. Lane did not testify and the defense rested without calling any witnesses.

Defense attorneys had argued the attack was made impulsively and that it wasn't planned, and that she should be held accountable for reckless manslaughter and not attempted murder.

Lane could be sentenced to 140 years in prison if she is convicted on all counts. She will be sentenced April 29.

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