STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (KDKA/AP) — The judge is expected to hand down a verdict Sunday morning in the trial of two Steubenville High School football players accused in the rape of a teenager girl last summer.
Closing arguments wrapped up in the case Saturday evening, and the judge said he will hand down a verdict at 10 a.m. Sunday.
On the fourth day of the non-jury trial in Steubenville, the alleged victim testified that she was embarrassed, humiliated and didn’t remember much about what happened that night back in August.
The victim, a 16-year-old West Virginia girl, said her night began with heavy drinking. She told the court that her friend poured vodka into a slushy. She also drank malt liquor from a can and had vodka shots.
The teen said she left the party with 17-year-old Trent Mays, and then the next thing she remembered was waking up naked on a couch in an unfamiliar home.
She said: “I was really embarrassed. I had no idea what had happened at all.”
Over the next few days she said she heard from friends about her behavior while drunk. Pictures were taken, people were texting. One picture showed her on YouTube.
“To wake up and to not remember, not have any recollection of what happened, and then to find out about what happened over social media, over texts, over everybody around the world knowing what happened to you before you did is devastating,” said Katie Hannah, of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence.
Ma’lik Richmond, 16, and Mays, the Steubeville High School football players on trial, are charged with rape.
During closing arguments, the prosecution claimed the victim was too drunk and could not willingly have sex.
“What we have here is substantial impairment; a reduction in the ability to act or think, we’ve got it. And they knew it,” said prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter, of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
“And I would submit, that after the court reviews all the evidence in its entirety, that when it returns with a verdict of not guilty of… Trent Mays,” defense attorney Duncan Neenan said during closing arguments.
The defense wrapped up its case presenting testimony from two teenage girls and a clinical psychologist talking about the effects of alcohol.
If convicted, Mays and Richmond could be held in a juvenile jail until they turn 21.
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