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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A jury is resuming deliberations in the trial of a Scarborough man charged with a brutal assault on a Portland street that left a woman with permanent brain injuries.

The jury began its work Friday after Eric Gwaro, 28,testified in his own defense, telling jurors that he punched the woman but didn't kick and stomp her. Gwaro said he wanted his money back after the victim allegedly stole cash from him.

The victim, described as a prostitute and drug user in court papers, was left in a coma last August.

Gwaro, a Scarborough volunteer firefighter, is charged with attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and breaking curfew while out on bail in this case.

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