Monserrate trial's closing arguments come Tuesday

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The felony assault trial of state Sen. Hiram Monserrate resumes Tuesday with closing arguments on the 10th day of the proceedings before Justice William Erlbaum in State Supreme Court in Queens.

Monserrate (D-Jackson Heights), 42, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of misdemeanor and felony assault in connection with the Dec. 19 slashing of his girlfriend, Karla Giraldo, at his apartment.

Erlbaum, who is presiding over the nonjury trial, has said he will indicate after closing arguments when he will render his decision.

Prosecutors, through witnesses and evidence, have portrayed Monserrate as a jealous boyfriend who attacked Giraldo, 30, in the Jackson Heights apartment with a broken water glass, cutting her face. The wound required at least 20 stitches.

Giraldo testified her injury was accidental. After the incident, she initially said Monserrate attacked her, and later changed her account.

Monserrate has said he accidentally cut Giraldo when he tripped while bringing her a glass of water. He did not testify in the trial.

Testimony ended Thursday.

An indictment charges Monserrate with two felony counts of second-degree assault and two misdemeanor counts of second-degree assault.

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