Judge set to render verdict in rape trial of two Ohio teens

By REUTERS
March 17, 2013 15:15

 
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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - A judge was set to render his verdict on Sunday in the rape trial of two Ohio high school football players charged with assaulting a 16-year-old girl while she was in a drunken stupor in a case that gained national exposure through social media.

The non-jury trial neared its conclusion late on Saturday after four days of testimony capped by the accuser's tearful acknowledgment on the witness stand that she had little memory from the night of the alleged assaults.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers then rested their cases and delivered closing arguments before Judge Tom Lipps adjourned the proceedings for the night. He said he would weigh the evidence and announce his verdict in court at 10 a.m. local time on Sunday.

Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, two members of the Steubenville High School football team, are charged as juveniles with raping a girl by digital penetration during the early-morning hours of Aug. 12, 2012, while she was passed out from heavy drinking at a party.

If convicted, the defendants could be sentenced to a juvenile detention facility until they turn 21, and be required to register as sex offenders.

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