Text Messages Focus Of Day 2 Of Steubenville Rape Trial
Police and a computer forensic specialist with the BCI testified on Thursday about cellphones collected as evidence in the case against two Ohio high school football players accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl.
Steubenville High School football players Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond maintain their innocence.
On Thursday, a specialist testified that 17 phones were collected from teen party goers who were partying on the August night in question.
Much of her testimony was about how the information was gathered and transferred from the phones.
The specialist did read some of the text messages that Mays allegedly exchanged with another teen.
- Other Student - I’m coming with you, where you guys at
- Mays – We’re hitting it for real
- Other Student – Wait for me, LOL
The specialist also relayed tests that she said were exchanged between Mays and another student, who was not the victim.
- Other Student – What is the deal with (alleged victim) LMAO
- Mays – What do you mean?
- Other Student – What did you guys do? LMAO Did you <expletive> her?
- Mays – Yep
- Other Student – Yeah boy
In another exchange, the specialist detailed what she says are texts from the victim to another student the day after the party.
- Alleged Victim – What happened last night? I don’t know who to ask or who to believe
- Other Student – You were like dead. I left after I saw you naked on the ground.
- Alleged Victim – Who was there? Who did this to me?
- Other Student – The kids you woke up with, IDK, You have to ask them
Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the trial are focusing on the alleged victim's level of intoxication and whether she consented to sex.
Witnesses on Wednesday at times gave conflicting accounts of the girl's condition at a party last August, with some saying she could barely walk and others testifying that she was sober enough to brush off friends who wanted her to leave.
The juvenile court trial continues before Judge Thomas Lipps, who is hearing it without a jury.
The prosecution this week is expected to call three teenage boys who saw the alleged attack. Defense attorneys could call the West Virginia girl who is the alleged victim.
10TV has crew in the courtroom bringing you the very latest developments.