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Both Sides Rest in Robertson Murder Trial; Closing Arguments Thursday

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Both sides have rested and closed their cases in the capital murder trial of Stanley Robertson, and closing arguments will take place Thursday morning.

Testimony on the autopsy of Annie Toliver led off the third day. A forensic pathologist testified that the victim was stabbed a total of 31 times in the head, neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms and hands. In all, 38 wounds were caused by those 31 stabs, many of them defensive.

Dr. Shiping Bao, who conducted the autopsy at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, said he believes Toliver died from blood loss over a two-to-six hour period. None of the wounds were themselves fatal, hitting no vital organs or critical body parts.

Robertson, 45, is accused of stabbing and kidnapping Toliver as she sat in the College Station Walmart parking lot on August 13, 2010, then driving her to Fort Worth. Her body was found in a parking lot on one side of town, this after Robertson led authorities on a high speed chase the ended on the other side. Robertson crashed the SUV he was driving into a patrol car.

Annie Toliver was the mother of Tammy Toliver, who testified to dating Robertson for two years. The couple broke up after an alleged domestic dispute in July 2010. Robertson was arrested, accused of putting a knife to Tammy's throat in front of her children.

In calls he made during the abduction of Annie, Robertson would claim he was doing this to her because Tammy had not visited him in jail or been there when he bonded out on August 1, 2010. Tammy testified Tuesday to receiving numerous calls from Robertson in the days following his release, but not returning them.

The jury of seven women and seven men -- two of which are alternates -- have seen crime scene images and heard recordings of conversations between Robertson and a police negotiator.

Also testifying Wednesday was Curtis Toliver, the son of Annie and brother of Tammy. He and Annie had gone with Robertson to the Walmart. Robertson had said he was going to get money for Tammy and her children, but ended up ditching Curtis in the store in order to attack Annie while she sat in the car. Curtis told jurors he had asked his mother to come with him and not stay in the car, but she refused to come with them.

DNA experts from a pair of labs also testified. Evidence showed the DNA of both Robertson and Annie Toliver were on Robertson's jeans and the murder weapon.

The defense called no witnesses and rested its case just after the prosecution.

Court will resume at 9:00 a.m. Thursday.



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