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At Least 40 Witnesses Expected in Steubenville Rape Trial

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WTRF.com UPDATE:

At least 40 witnesses could testify at the trial of two high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in Jefferson County.

The March 13 trial could last three or more days and extend into the weekend.

The two accused teens have been on house arrest since last fall.

Chief Probation Officer for Jefferson County Juvenile Court, Fred Abdalla Jr., says prosecutors have subpoenaed 28 witnesses, and one defense attorney has subpoenaed another 12.

More subpoenas are expected.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Judge Thomas Lipps has given his rulings on three motions filed in the Steubenville rape trial.

First, the judge has ruled the trial will remain open to the public and the media.

Secondly, the motion for change of venue has been denied.

Finally, the motion for continuance has been granted. The trial will now take place on March 13-15, 2013.

In an unexpected move last Friday, defense attorney Walter Madison withdrew his motion to have the Steubenville rape trial proceedings closed. Madison is the attorney for one of the teens charged in the crime.