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Defendant Takes Stand in Slashing Trial

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On day two of the Adam Brown attempted murder trial, the prosecution rested and Brown took the stand in his own defense.

Brown told a brand new version of what happened last July 14th, the day he's accused of forcing his way into the East 28th street home of elderly couple Frank and Elfreda Karmazin, slashing their throats and stealing their car. 

Brown told a different story than he told police when they arrested him on East 21st street, driving the victim's car shortly after the crime.

He said he went along with his four cousins on a plan to rob a house they said had alot of money and pills.

When prosecutors asked if he slashed the couple's throat, he said "I did not...I never came into contact with anybody when I went into the house but James," one of the cousins. 

When arrested, Brown said he was never in the house, but just moved a car for relative David Pursell, who he said got blood on his clothes from a previous fight.

 But prosecutors put a parade of police evidence experts on the stand to show that Brown's footprints were in the house, and the blood and DNA of the victims on his shoes, clothing, and the knife and gloves found in the car.

Closing arguments will take place Wednesday morning.

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