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October 13, 2012

Daughter: 'I was shocked'

Testimony under way in slaying of pregnant woman


And, he told Curran when she resumed questioning, most of the calls tended to relate to noise complaints and neighbor disputes.

Later in the morning, Galperina’s adult daughter, Yevgenya Nepomnyashchaya, took the stand.

Under questioning by Curran, she described how she was planning to spend one to 11/2 weeks with her mother, to help with the other children before and after the baby was born. Nepomnyashchaya, 26, is a cardiac nurse who lives in New Jersey.

On Sunday, May 17, 2009, she called her mother’s phone to arrange for a ride from the train station. A police detective answered.

“I was shocked,” Nepomnyashchaya told jurors. “I thought it was a joke, some type of cruel joke. I asked for his badge number.”

Nepomnyashchaya appeared on the verge of tears, blinking fast and hard, as she recounted how the baby’s due date, May 22, became “the day we buried her.”

Ronchi’s defense lawyer began his cross-examination by immediately seeking to elicit testimony about Galperina’s at-times troubled life and her unorthodox views.

It was a line of questioning that was, for the most part, shut down again and again with an objection by the prosecutor.

At first, Swomley pressed Nepomnyashchaya for the reasons she had stopped living with her mother at the age of 12.

As it turns out, Nepomnyashchaya simply did not get along with her mother’s second husband, Leonid Altshuler.

Perhaps she just didn’t like any of the men her mother dated?

“Objection,” said Curran, the prosecutor. “Sustained,” said the judge, who reminded jurors that the questions posed by lawyers are not evidence, only the answers.

Swomley did elicit testimony from Nepomnyashchaya conceding that Ronchi had wanted to marry Galperina, who was hesitant about a third trip down the aisle. But it wasn’t for fear of losing assistance she received for her younger daughter, who suffered from a form of autism, said Nepomnyashchaya.

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