Sex-abuse trial near end, jury getting instructions

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

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Both the prosecution and the defense rested their cases Thursday in the sex-abuse trial of Kim Eastman.

Closing arguments will be delivered today after jurors receive instructions from Franklin Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden.

Most of Thursday was spent listening to testimony from the female relative of Kim Eastman. The girl, now 19, told jurors she remembered the sex abuse itself but did not remember a lot of details about interviews with detectives, social workers and a pediatrician.

The girl also testified that Eastman did not penetrate her vagina or rectum "with a finger, penis or anything else" as had been previously recorded 6 1/2 years ago by her statements to police and a pediatrician when she was 13.

She did, however, testify that she recalled him using her hand to masturbate as well as other parts of her body.

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