COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two high school football players are going to trial to face charges they raped a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party last summer.
The case in Steubenville in eastern Ohio has attracted attention over allegations that more students should have been charged for failing to stop the attack or knowing about it and not alerting authorities.
Attorneys for 16-year-old Ma'Lik Richmond and 17-year-old Trent Mays have denied the charges and in Mays' case are seeking to have the case dismissed because of an inability to subpoena certain witnesses.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office is prosecuting the case after the local prosecutor in Steubenville stepped down because her son is also a football player.
The trial, which begins Wednesday in Jefferson County juvenile court, is expected to last all week.