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UPDATED: Wednesday February 27, 2013 4:33 PM

A court official says at least 40 witnesses could testify at the upcoming trial of two high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in eastern Ohio last year.
    
Fred Abdalla Jr., chief probation officer for Jefferson County Juvenile Court, says the March 13 trial will likely last three or more days and stretch into a weekend.

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Presiding Judge Thomas Lipps has previously ruled to keep the case in Jefferson County and open it to the public, with some restrictions on photographing witnesses.
    
The two players have been on house arrest since last fall, when Lipps ruled the case should stay in juvenile court.
    
Abdalla says prosecutors have subpoenaed 28 witnesses, and one defense attorney has subpoenaed another 12, with more subpoenas expected.

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