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HOUSTON (AP) — Defense attorneys have rested their case in the trial of a woman facing a murder charge after a fire at her Houston home day care killed four children and injured three other kids.

Closings arguments will begin after prosecutors call at least one rebuttal witness, an engineering expert who testified last week.

Investigators say the blaze began after oil in a pan ignited on a stovetop burner that had been left on. Tata’s attorneys say she didn’t intend to harm the children.

Tata faces four counts of felony murder and is currently on trial for one child’s death. If convicted, the 24-year-old faces up to life in prison.

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