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Defense Calls No Witnesses in Ala. Bridge Deaths

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - After the defense called no witnesses, a judge set closing arguments for Thursday morning in the capital murder trial of a man accused of tossing four young children from an Alabama coastal bridge.

Defense attorney Arthur Powell said he could not discuss the decision to not call any witnesses Wednesday for 38-year-old Lam Luong, who also declined to testify when Judge Charles Graddick gave him that opportunity.

If convicted, jurors will recommend a death sentence or life in prison without parole, but the judge isn't bound by that recommendation and an appeal is automatic.

Trial began Monday. Prosecutors rested the state's case Wednesday afternoon after forensics testimony about autopsies on the four children, whose bodies were recovered within weeks of the Jan. 7, 2008 tragedy on the Dauphin Island bridge.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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