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Mother Takes the Stand in Own Murder Trial

Kynande Bennett Kynande Bennett
Vartasha McCullough Vartasha McCullough

FEBRUARY 9, 2006 -- A tearful Vartasha McCullough took the stand in her own murder trial Thursday. She's accused of killing her four-year-old daughter, Kynande Bennett.

Wiping away tears, McCullough told the jury she was a good mother and never hurt Kynande. The defense focused much of their attention on the time police spent questioning McCullough instead of searching for Kynande.

Judge Ed Cottingham permitted the testimony to be heard of a woman claiming to have seen Kynande in a Florida restaurant days after her disappearance.

Closing arguments are expected to be heard Friday.

Reported by Joe Keiley

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