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Lindsey Lowe says she can't emotionally handle testifying

Posted: Updated: March 18, 2013 02:42 PM
Lindsey Lowe will not testify. Lindsey Lowe will not testify.
Mark Lowe Mark Lowe
Lowe's sister Lacey was also called to the stand Monday. Lowe's sister Lacey was also called to the stand Monday.

Lindsey Lowe, the woman accused of killing her newborn twin sons will not testify during the trial which entered its second week on Monday.

The decision was announced by Lowe while on the stand around 2:30 p.m.

Lowe stated that she "does not feel she can emotionally handle it."

Earlier in the day, Lowe's father, Mark, was the first person called to the stand in the Gallatin courtroom.

While on the stand, he spoke highly of his daughter who is accused of killing the babies.

"Any parent would be fortunate to have a daughter like Lindsey," he said. "Lindsey has never given us any trouble. She's always been a well-mannered daughter. She always gets along well with others."

Lowe's mother, Paula, was the first one to find one of the infants. She immediately called for her husband to come to their daughter's room.  

"She said there's a newborn child in Lindsey's room and at that point I looked at the child and frankly was not sure what I would do next," Mark recalled.

Mark added following the discovery, he called a Murfreesboro attorney who was a family friend. The lawyer advised him to call his pastor. The pastor then told him to call police.

Lowe's sister, Lacey was also called to the stand on Monday during which time she said called Lindsey her "best friend."

Lacey added she had no idea that her sister was pregnant and that she believes their mother's health problems caused a great amount of stress for her.

"I think it put a lot of stress on her. She didn't show it but it put stress on her and she tried to make things at home like it always had," Lacey said.

Last week during testimonies, Lowe became emotional on a few different occasions before given a harsh warning by Judge Dee David Gay.

"Ms. Lowe this is the way it's [going to] be, it's happened two times that your emotions have been on display in front of the jury. I have asked the defense to let me know if you need a break, we'll take a break, but you sit there and don't show any emotion, their job is hard enough."

He continued, "I will not have you sitting there acting like a child or displaying emotion uncontrolled. The next time this happens, you will be excluded from this court room."

On Thursday, jurors heard from the father of Lowe's sons, who said he had lost touch with Lowe and was unaware she was pregnant.

The pair reportedly had sex three times and used protection on all but one occasion.

"When I learned of the death of the babies, I was in shock. I couldn't believe it," he said.

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