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Elizabeth Johnson trial breaks until Monday

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The trial for Elizabeth Johnson is rapidly moving forward, with testimony Thursday ending by lunchtime and court not scheduled to reconvene until Monday.

The Valley mother is charged with allegedly kidnapping her young son, Gabriel, who's been missing since December 2009.

Johnson is also charged with custodial interference.

[CBS5AZ.com is scheduled to carry live video streaming coverage every day of the trial.]

At the outset, prosecutor Elisa Ramunno told jurors Johnson ran off to another state with the 8-month-old child because the baby's father, Logan McQueary, had broken up with her.

Ramunno said that the young mother had tried unsuccessfully to put her son up for adoption against his father's wishes.

Johnson wiped away tears when the prosecutor said Gabriel was part of his mother's game of retaliation.

Johnson's attorney, Marc Victor, said he won't dispute many facts and added that the case wasn't about whether jurors like his client.

"This case isn't about whether or not you like Elizabeth Johnson," Victor said. "It doesn't matter to me whether you like Elizabeth Johnson or not. My job is to do my best to get you to focus on the elements of the crimes charged."

Johnson's story has changed since the ordeal began.

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She initially told McQueary that she killed Gabriel and put his body in a dumpster, but later told authorities she gave the child away to a couple in San Antonio.

Gabriel has not been found.

"This case isn't about whether or not she is innocent," said Victor. "This case is about whether or not the state presents evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she's guilty."

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