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      Defense rests in Karen Kirby trial

      The defense rested its case on Wednesday morning in the trial of 62-year-old Karen Kirby, and closing arguments have finished.

      Kirby is being charged with unlawful imprisonment of her 32-year-old daughter after an incident that occurred in May.

      During Wednesday's court proceedings Calvin Martz was called to the stand. Martz, who has already been convicted of criminal sexual conduct related to this case, testified that the victim had left and was on her own much of the time.

      "She didn't want leave," said Martz. "She made that perfectly clear."

      Martz testified that there were several times when she was out for walks or in Escanaba, and she could have called 911 or told somebody.

      Kirby, who is represented herself, decided not to testify.

      Because this is not a jury trial, the case is now sent to Judge Thomas Solka for a decision.

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