Colorado Woman Lost Half Her Blood When Baby Was Cut From Her Womb, Doctor Says

Dynel Lane Trial: Woman Lost Half Her Blood When Baby Was Cut From Womb
Michelle Wilkins
Matthew Jonas/The Daily Times Call/AP

02/19/2016 AT 10:30 AM EST

Michelle Wilkins lost more than half of her blood when Dynel Lane attacked her and cut her 7-month-old fetus from her womb last March, jurors in Lane's trial heard Thursday.

In the other major development of the Colorado trial yesterday, the judge ruled that the jury will not hear anything about the cause and manner of the death of Wilkins' fetus, who did not survive the attack, since Lane is not charged in that death, the Denver Post reports.

It was a grim morning in the Boulder courtroom – a day after Wilkins herself tearfully testified – as the prosecution showed the jury photos of the crime scene and presented grisly physical evidence, including a blood-soaked mattress and two blood-stained knives allegedly used by Lane in the attack.

Dr. Kevin Berg, a surgeon at Longmont United Hospital, testified that Wilkins lost more than half of her blood in the March 18, 2015, attack and spent five days in hospital following hours of surgery, the Longmont Times Call reports.

Berg said Wilkins suffered lacerations to her scalp and neck, but her major injury was a large laceration to her abdomen. Another doctor, Brian Nelson, who repaired the laceration, testified that the C-section that Lane allegedly performed on Wilkins was "pretty decent … It would be consistent with a first-year intern doing their first. It was roughly in the right area."

Longmont detective Mark Deaton later testified that police found blood-stained pillows at Lane's residence, along with two knives with blood on them.

Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.

Later in the day, the defense won a ruling after requesting that any testimony about the manner of death of Wilkins's unborn girl – whom she planned to name Aurora – was irrelevant and should be barred, since Lane is not charged in that death.

"There's no charge against Aurora, she is not a victim in this case," Lane's attorney told the court, reports KCNC-TV. The judge agreed.

Lane, 35, is charged with attempted murder of Wilkins, 27, four counts of felony assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Prosecutors say Lane had feigned pregnancy for nearly a year and planned the attack, hoping to pass off the baby as her own.

The defense claims Lane did not plan the attack and has characterized the incident as an impulsive and reckless act.
blog comments powered by Disqus

From Our Partners