Prosecution, Defense Rest In Mohamud Trial

October 17, 2012 Updated Oct 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM EDT

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October 17, 2012 Updated Oct 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The fate of a Buffalo man accused of torturing and beating his stepson to death could be in the hands of a jury as soon as Wednesday afternoon.

The prosecution's final two witnesses took the stand Wednesday morning.

Jurors looked at the scientific evidence, detailing a violent death for 10-year-old Abdifatah Mohamad.

Ali Mohamad Mohamud is charged with second degree murder in the beating death of his stepson.

Erie County's Chief Medical Examiner told the jury about Abdifatah's autopsy, showing graphic pictures.

Abdi was beaten so hard, his head disconnected from his spinal chord.

There were also injuries to his heart, kidneys and tearing in his lungs.

The autopsy also showed evidence of suffocation from Abdi throwing up, strangulation, drowning and a stab wound.

Judge Christopher Burns removed some of the most graphic pictures at the defense attorney's request, citing their inflammatory nature and out of concern of reaction from family members watching the trial.

A forensic biologist also testified about DNA evidence.

She said blood stains on a rolling pin and knife taken from the crime scene matched 10-year-old Abdifatah.

The defense did not cross-examine this witness.

Defense attorneys rested their case without putting on a single witness.

Closing arguments are expected to begin Thursday morning.

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