State rests in Huston-Tillotson track star murder trial

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Posted on November 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 7:20 PM

AUSTIN -- The state has rested its case in the trial of a woman charged with killing a Huston-Tillotson track star.

Kaitlyn Ritcherson is charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the Dec. 4, 2011 death of Fatima Barrie.

Barrie's mother Patricia Davis testified Tuesday afternoon telling jurors about the last moments her daughter was alive.

"I recall telling her that she had ran her last race, and that I was going to miss her very much," said Davis.

Jurors cried during her testimony.

Barrie had severe brain damage after she was stabbed in the heart and lost a lot of blood.

"Basically the person that I knew my daughter was was not there anymore. She would never be able to talk, walk or do any of the things most humans can do for themselves," said Davis on the stand. 

The prosecution called several witnesses, including a man who testified he saw Barrie and Ritcherson fighting in front of a downtown Austin club the night Barrie was stabbed. 

Ritcherson's defense team says Barrie lunged at her three times and hit her in the head. They say she stabbed Barrie in self defense.

Closing arguments are set for Wednesday.

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