Judge In Steubenville Rape Trial To Announce Verdict Sunday Morning


UPDATED: Sunday March 17, 2013 12:00 AM

The trial of two high school football players accused of rape ended on Saturday after four days of testimony.

A teenage girl who says she was raped by two Ohio high school football players said she could not recall what happened the night of the alleged attack.
    
The 16-year-old West Virginia girl took the stand Saturday in the trial of 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond.

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She said she remembers drinking at a party last August, leaving the party then throwing up later. She testified that the next thing she remembers is waking up naked in a strange house.

A clinical psychologist testified that an alcohol-induced blackout could account for the girl's memory loss. Kim Fromme said that might not have rendered her making conscious decisions.

"Based on these pieces of evidence, I would conclude that she was capable of engaging in voluntary decisions as well as of exhibiting at least some degree of behavioral capability," Fromme said.
    
The girl said she learned she was assaulted when she later read text messages among friends, and saw a photo of herself and a video made that night.
    
The two defendants maintained their innocence.

Closing arguments in the trial ended at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The judge announced that he would issue a verdict at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Attorney General Mike DeWine scheduled a news conference for immediately after the reading of the verdict. He said he planned to discuss the case and the investigation into the alleged incident.

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