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Defense Rests Its Case in R. Kelly Trial

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Closing arguments begin on Thursday. But before both sides wrap up, the prosecution is bringing forward two rebuttal witnesses today. The defense unsuccessfully tried to block them.

A video forensic specialist who testified a couple of weeks ago will take the stand again. He is expected to dispute some findings from the defense video expert.

A new witness will be heard, too.

The defense has insinuated that Lisa Van Allen testified about a three-way sexual encounter with Kelly to help her fiancé out of a legal jam. In February, Georgia authorities allegedly found a loaded AK-47 and drugs in ex-felon Yul Brown’s home. Three weeks later is when Van Allen contacted Cook County prosecutors about knowledge of the alleged child porn victim in the Kelly case. Brown received probation.

An Atlanta district attorney is expected to testify that the office played no role in Brown’s case.

I’m Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio.

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