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Pathologist testifies in Concepcion trial


WEBSTER CITY (AP) -- A pathologist has testified for the defense at the trial of an Iowa teenager accused of molesting and killing his 3-year-old cousin, saying the girl died of a massive infection caused by a perforated bowel, not asphyxiation.

Fifteen-year-old Edgar Concepcion of Charles City is charged as an adult with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse for the July 10 death of Krystel Banes. His trial is being held in Hamilton County on a change of venue.

Dr. Peter Stephens testified Tuesday that the 3-year-old girl wasn't asphyxiated, as prosecutors say she was. Stephens says the sepsis happened "at least five days to a week" before she died.

Concepcion's trial began May 19, and the prosecution rested its case last week.

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