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Kerrigan Trial Day Three Summary: Emotions Run High During Testimony

A recap of day three of the trial of Mark Kerrigan, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his father, Daniel Kerrigan. He is the brother of Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Tearful testimony from Brenda Kerrigan concluded , her son, Wednesday.

Kerrigan, the brother of former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, is charged with manslaughter and assault and battery in the death of his father, Daniel Kerrigan.

His mother, Brenda, was called to the stand Wednesday afternoon by the defense.

Here’s a look at some of the events from day three of the trial in Middlesex County Superior Court in Woburn.

Widow Recalls Final Conflict: As Brenda Kerrigan recalled her husband's collapse early in morning on Jan. 24, 2010, she broke down and cried on the stand Wednesday afternoon.

The widow and mother of Mark Kerrigan said the two began to tussle near a stairwell to the basement, then Daniel Kerrigan collapsed.

"(He) fell down like a feather coming right out of the sky," she said tearfully.

Mark Kerrigan, sitting at the defense table could be seen rubbing his eyes and appeared to be crying as well.

Examiner Says Struggle Played Significant Role in Death: "The physical altercation played a significant role in the death (of Daniel Kerrigan)," Medical Examiner Dr. Henry Nields said during testimony. Anger and stress also played a role in the death, Nields said. Daniel Kerrigan suffered seven broken ribs -- likely from CPR performed after the altercation -- and had an abrasion on his chin and abrasions on both knees.

The trial will pick up Thursday with more testimony from Brenda Kerrigan. Return to Stoneham Patch for more updates throughout the day and summaries of the trial every afternoon.

A summary of day one of the trial can be found .

A summary of day two can be found .

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