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Judge to get case against man accused of rape, murder of Philadelphia teenager in 1996


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 ( ) 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,

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