Daughter Confronts Austrian Incest Father In Video

ST. POELTEN, Austria — An Austrian court spokesman says a jury could return a verdict as early as Thursday in the case against a man accused of locking his daughter in a homemade dungeon for 24 years and fathering her seven children.

The woman confronted her father Josef Fritzl in videotaped testimony shown in court today. The court says Fritzl watched the testimony “very carefully and attentively.” Reporters were not allowed in court during the testimony.

Fritzl has pleaded guilty to incest with his daughter Elisabeth and false imprisonment, but is contesting negligent homicide and enslavement charges. The jury is expected to start deliberations Thursday morning and the court says if all goes well, a verdict will come that afternoon.

Fritzl has been charged with homicide in the death of an infant born to Elisabeth. Prosecutors say the baby boy might have survived if he were given proper medical care.