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Steubenville Rape Trial, Day One Wrap Up

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WTRF.com UPDATE:

Testimony has concluded for Wednesday. Witness testimony ended about 5:30 p.m. for day one of the trial.

Six witnesses took the stand, two police officers, two young men and two young women. Of the young adults, the first woman who testified was a childhood friend of the victim. The second was the girlfriend of the individual who held the second party on the evening of the alleged rape.

The third witness was the man who hosted the first party the evening of the alleged incident. The last individual to testify was at both parties.

The trial will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 14.


WTRF.com UPDATE:

In opening statements on Wednesday, prosecutors said the victim in the case was "treated like a toy."

According to the first witness in the case, who spoke for about an hour, the victim and friends were drinking vodka, beer and mixed drinks at a home on Aug. 11, when she became increasingly intoxicated and her speech began to slur.

The group spent a few hours at party until it abruptly ended at 12:30 a.m., and the victim told the witness she wanted to leave with one of the defendants.

The witness said she held the arm of the victim and tried to get someone to help convince her to stay, but by the time she got back, the victim had left.

The witness said that night she saw posts on social media about the victim and became worried and tried to call, but the phone went to voice mail. The next morning, the witness was called by a friend to pick up the victim and said the victim "looked like a mess."

The witness said they gave a statement to police nearly two weeks after alleged incident.

A blanket was presented as evidence Wednesday that contained the DNA of both the victim and one of the defendants.

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WTRF.com UPDATE:

Special Prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter said the alleged victim of the crime was "substantially impaired" and unable to consent to sex, during the trial of the two local teens Wednesday in Steubenville.

Hemmeter and defense attorney Brian Duncan spoke as the trial opened Wednesday.


ORIGINAL STORY:

Both defense attorneys for two teens accused of raping a 16-year-old girl have withdrawn their motions to dismiss the case, as the Steubenville rape trial began at around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Judge Thomas Lipps then brought all attorneys in the case into his chambers for a discussion on "civilities." The discussion was expected to last around an hour-and-a-half.

Judge Lipps said he will then begin the trial immediately. The trial is expected to last three days.