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Let's just say this doesn't look good for the defense.

The surrogate mom who gave birth in July to Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's twin girls took center stage today in her own courtroom drama. Michelle Ross testified in the criminal trial of an Ohio lawman accused of orchestrating a break-in at her home to dig up dirt he could then sell to the tabloids.

Ross said she learned of the alleged scheme by Martins Ferry Police Chief Barry Carpenter from a paparazzo, who had come to town hoping to snag a picture of her while she was pregnant with the Sex and the City star's children.

She said she noticed someone had rifled through her belongings and, per the local WTOV-TV, some items were misplaced, including a plaster cast of her tummy when she was preggers with her own son, not Parker and Broderick's.

Ross, who refused to be videotaped or voice recorded while on the stand, also told the jury that ultrasound pictures and documents with tax information had disappeared.

Under cross-examination, Carpenter's lawyer quizzed Ross about why she outed herself as a surrogate on her MySpace page. The Ohio native said she's allowed to identify herself as one, just not for whom.

Ross' testimony comes after prosecutors played audiotapes of the suspended cop's interrogation by internal affairs. In the recordings, Capenter says he only entered Ross' home when he saw an open basement door. Carpenter says he walked through and noted several "off the wall" personal items inside, such as the aforementioned belly cast, before securing the residence.

He also says he was prompted to check on the house after Bridgeport Police Chief Chad Dojack, who's also facing similar charges, informed him he had met two photographers interested in paying upward of $20,000 for dirt on the celebrity couple and their surrogate.

On another recording, jurors heard an interrogator telling Carpenter, "We have taped conversations of you offering to sell those items to paparazzi," to which the police chief replies that he was only joking.

Meanwhile, both celebrity photographers took the stand on Tuesday and confirmed the prosecution's account: The 40-year-old Carpenter tried to hock the souvenirs from the surrogate's home for a large sum of money.

Dojack's trial is scheduled to kick off on Jan. 12.

If convicted of the multiple felonies, Carpenter faces up to 21 years in the Big House and fines of $45,000, while Dojack could get up 14 years and fines of $30,000. Callarik could get 18 months and $5,000 in fines for one count of receiving stolen property.


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