Attorneys Give Opening Statements In Steubenville Rape Trial< < Back to
The prosecutor in the Ohio trial of two high school football players accused of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party says the girl was "substantially impaired," unable to consent to sex and suffered humiliation and degradation.
But a lawyer for one of the defendants, Trent Mays, says his client did not rape the girl.
Special Prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter and Mays' attorney, Brian Duncan, spoke as the trial opened Wednesday.
The case in juvenile court has brought unprecedented attention to the small city of Steubenville through a barrage of social media and criticism that more students should have been charged.
The defendants, Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond, have been on house arrest but attending classes at a justice center school.