CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. - Thirty-nine character witnesses testified yesterday on behalf of New Jersey State Trooper Robert Higbee, on trial in Superior Court on two counts of vehicular homicide in the 2006 deaths of sisters Christina Becker, 19, and Jacqueline Becker, 17, of Upper Township.

Higbee - who spent six hours on the stand Monday, much of it clarifying what he could and could not remember about the crash - was not recalled. Among those questioned by Higbee's lawyer yesterday was an amnesia expert.

The Beckers were killed on Sept. 26, 2006, when Higbee ran a stop sign and broadsided their minivan with his police cruiser while pursuing an alleged speeder in the township's Marmora section.

Defense attorney D. William Subin and Cape May County First Assistant Prosecutor David Meyer are expected to present closing arguments in the seven-week trial today. If convicted, Higbee could face 20 years in prison. - Jacqueline L. Urgo