Witnesses for the defense took the stand during the early hours of this morning in what is now fourth day of trial for the rape case in Steubenville involving a 16-year-old girl.
Judge Thomas Lipps allowed the defense to question two of its teenage witnesses out of order because of the distance they had to travel.
Gionna Anile, who is now a former friend of the alleged victim, testified she tried to stop the girl from leaving the party with defendants Trent Mays and Ma’ lik Richmond.
“She would not listen to me. I tried to pull her back, saying ‘let’s go.’ She swung her arm at me,”
According to WKYC:
The defense is attempting to convince the judge that, in fact, the sex was consensual and the girl, while impaired, knew what she was doing.
Anile testified that when she picked up the alleged victim from Cole’s house the next morning, she didn’t seem upset and only concerned with finding her cell phone.
When asked what she did all night, Anile testified she didn’t seem truthful, she says:
“Her first response was, ‘we didn’t have sex, I swear.’ Then she said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t remember,’”
What an interesting development in this case to say the least. Hopefully a fair verdict is reached soon.