Teen eyewitnesses testify at Ohio rape trial

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm •  Published: March 15, 2013
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"Was she moving?" special prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter asked.

"Not at this time," Westlake said.

"Was she talking?" Hemmeter asked.

"I didn't hear anything," Westlake said.

Westlake said the girl appeared to be "pretty drunk" after a large party earlier that night. But he also testified that before the alleged attack he saw Mays and the girl cuddling, hugging and kissing in the back seat of Cole's car.

Westlake also confirmed that he filmed a 12-minute video — later passed around widely online — in which another student, Michael Nodianos, joked about the attack. Women's rights groups have demanded that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine charge Nodianos with failure to report a crime. DeWine has so far refused to say what he'll do.

Westlake said he deeply regrets his actions that night.

Craig testified that he saw Richmond's hand in the "crotch region" of the girl, a less descriptive version than he gave last fall in another hearing.

Craig also confirmed he received a text message from the girl the next day in which she said "I remember hearing Trent's voice telling me to do something, but I said, 'No.'"

A 16-year-old Steubenville High School student testified that she tried to persuade the girl to leave with her and not stay at the party.

Marcino said the girl brushed off her attempts. "She actually hit one of my friends and said she did not want to go," Marcino said.

Friday's testimony concluded with former Steubenville police detective Jean-Phillipe Rigaud describing how the police department first learned of the allegation from a complaint from the girl's family Aug. 14.

Rigaud said he encountered a lot of fear from witnesses about talking to police initially. He said the accuser told him she remembered nothing about the evening except leaving an alcohol-fueled party, throwing up in the middle of a street a few minutes later, then waking up naked the next morning in the basement where she said one of the attacks happened.

Also Friday, the superintendent of Steubenville city schools responded to evidence presented a day earlier that suggested Steubenville football coach Reno Saccoccia would let the players involved off lightly.

The coach "took care of it," Mays said in one text introduced by prosecutors.

"Like he was joking about it so I'm not worried," Mays said in another text.

McVey told The Associated Press on Friday that the district will wait until after the trial to comment. "We'll get everything down that comes out of trial, look at it and go from there," he said.

McVey said it's possible Saccoccia could testify at the trial since he was interviewed earlier by state investigators, who also spoke to other football coaches and McVey himself.

The Associated Press normally does not identify minors charged in juvenile court, but Mays and Richmond have been widely identified in news coverage, and their names have been used in open court.

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Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus