Witnesses: Ohio Girl Who Reported Rape Was Drunk
The rape trial of two high school athletes in Steubenville opened on Wednesday with media from across the country in town to cover it.
Seventeen-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'Lik Richmond are on trial, accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.
Prosecutors opened their case by saying it was about two young men who took advantage of a girl who was "so impaired, she was unable to consent."
Two 17-year-old girls who testified at the trial said that the alleged victim had been drinking the night of the alleged rape.
One of the witnesses is a Steubenville High School student. She says the alleged victim was having trouble walking but never appeared to pass out.
A friend of the alleged victim testified that she had never seen the victim so intoxicated.
One witness said that the alleged victim had come to the house with a bottle of vodka, and they bought Slurpee's at a gas station to mix with it.
She said that they "got drunk extremely fast."
The courtroom was filled with family members of the defendants who were watching the case.
Relatives of Richmond admitted that it was hard to listen to what was being said in court.
"I love the boy. He's a very good kid and not what the media points him out to be -- very respectful, well mannered," said Shawn Love, Richmond's cousin.
Love said the teen, and the family, are doing their best to hold it together.
"He's holding up his spirits are high he's praying every day. I am praying for him, my church is praying for him. Yeah, he's doing fine," added Young.
The case, in juvenile court, has brought unprecedented attention to the small city of Steubenville through a barrage of social media and criticism that more students should have been charged.
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