Testimony ends in fetal-abduction trial

Morales-Rodriguez did not testify

The Milwaukee woman accused of killing a pregnant woman last year and trying to steal her unborn baby has chosen not to testify in her own defense.

Annette Morales-Rodriguez faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of the woman and her baby.

The state rested its case Thursday morning. After Judge David Borowski confirmed with Morales-Rodriguez that it was her choice not to testify, the defense rested its case without calling any witnesses.

Borowski also decided to let the jury also consider lesser charges of first-degree reckless homicide.

A conviction of first-degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory life sentence, although with a possibility of parole. The maximum prison sentence for a conviction of first-degree reckless homicide is 60 years.

Morales-Rodriguez’s public defender contends the homicides weren’t intentional.