PHILADELPHIA — Testimony is expected to wrap up Thursday in the nonjury trial of a man charged in the rape and murder of a Philadelphia teenager almost two decades ago.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1OAk6Zh ) reports that prosecutors rested their case Wednesday in the trial of 47-year-old Rafael Crespo.
Defense attorney Michael Giampietro is expected to call any final witnesses Thursday before the case goes to Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Minehart for a verdict.
Crespo is charged in the strangulation murder of 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado, whose nude body was found in a vacant house in north Philadelphia in October 1996.
Crespo's attorney has argued that his client left the victim alive in the house. Crespo waived his right to a jury trial in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com