Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.
First Nixzmary Trial Winds Down
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
New York, NY –
Closing arguments are expected today in the trial of Cesar Rodriguez.
The 29-year old is charged with abusing and murdering his 7-year-old stepdaughter, Nixzmary Brown.
Yesterday, defense attorneys had hoped to get testimony from a psychologist who'd examined Rodriguez's wife following her arrest in the same case, but a judge denied that request because the testimony would've been hearsay.
The defense wanted the witness to counter testimony that Nixzmary was sexually abused.
The defense has called for a mistrial and says the prosecution is withholding evidence. That motion was also rejected.
Nixzmary's mother also faces murder charges. Her trial begins once this one concludes.