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UPDATE: Closing Arguments End In Morse Trial

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - A dramatic day in court as both the prosecution and the defense closed their arguments in front of jurors.

Heightened emotions inside the courtroom even to the end. Melvin Morse visibly cried during the defense's closing after his attorney pointed to him and referenced his step-daughter saying in court that she didn't know who he was.

Morse's attorneys said neither the alleged victim nor her mother were credible witnesses, saying to the jury that the girl admitted to lying in court.

Last Tuesday, Kevin Tray spoke with WMDT after the girl testified.

"The child has given several different versions, so it's not an easy question on what matches up because it doesn't match up with itself," said Tray.

Prosecutors say their evidence is firm and strong enough to convict Morse of what they called "several waterboarding charges." The state said, "the evidence shows he is a highly intelligent, manipulative control freak." Attorney's tried to raise doubts about the 60-year-old's character, describing him as someone who wrote books stating "striking a kid is never alright," but then allegedly went home and hit and water-boarded his own step-daughter.

Earlier on Wednesday, defense and prosecutors rested their case.

No additional witnesses were called after Melvin Morse took the stand for a third consecutive day.

The defense redirected questions back to Morse, discussing emails sent out between December 28 and 31, 2009 about his step-daughter's allegation of again being sexually abused by her half-sister.

The girl stated earlier in the trial that she lied about the abuse.

When prosecutors questioned the former pediatrician, they asked him to read aloud an email sent from the alleged victim, which read: "are you okay? I'm okay. I accept all apologies."

The now 12-year-old girl and her mother Pauline Morse said the man waterboarded her. Morse has testified he only washed her hair, something the girl didn't like.

Morse faces endangerment and assault charges and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The case is now in the hands of the jury, who will decide the facts and whether Morse is innocent or guilty.

Jurors are expected to start deliberating Thursday morning.

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