Jury takes up case of Joanna Bird murder

? The case of the Westbury man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child is now in the hands of a jury.

Valdez-Cruz is accused of torturing and killing ex-girlfriend Joanna Bird last year after months of threats. Bird was found dead in her New Cassel home.

Leonardo Valdez-Cruz interrupted the prosecutor to profess his innocence as arguments wrapped up yesterday in the murder trial.

During the closing arguments, Leonardo Valdez-Cruz?s attorney tried to prove that although Joanna Bird and Valdez-Cruz did have a volatile relationship, it doesn?t mean he would kill her. The attorney also argued there was no physical evidence linking Valdez-Cruz to the killing.

Valdez-Cruz did not take the stand. His defense attorney claims he was not in the house the morning Bird died, but did not give evidence of where he was.

To see News 12's previous coverage of the Joanna Bird case, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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