Joanna Bird's mom due back on the stand

Joanna Bird's mother, sister and best friend testified yesterday, telling jurors Leonardo Valdez-Cruz had a long history of threatening the slain mother.

Valdez-Cruz is accused of fatally stabbing Bird last March. He is charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, Valdez-Cruz faces life in prison.

On the witness stand, Bird?s sister, Melissa Johnson, testified that Valdez-Cruz stalked, harassed and threatened Bird. Johnson also claimed she heard Valdez-Cruz on the phone with his sister saying he "had done it, it was over," after Bird's death.

Bird?s best friend, Latina Robinson, testified about an episode in February 2009 in which Valdez-Cruz allegedly went looking for Bird and when he couldn?t find her, he threatened to kill Bird if he found out she was leaving him.

Also in court yesterday, prosecutor Madeline Singas read letters Valdez-Cruz allegedly wrote to Bird in Sept. 2008. She read an excerpt that said when Valdez-Cruz thought about Bird being with another man, all he could think about was "killing, killing, and more killing."

Bird?s mother, Sharon Dorsett, was the third witness to testify yesterday. She is due back on the witness stand today.

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