Judge Grants Immunity to 3 Teenagers in Steubenville, Ohio, Rape Case Involving High School Football Players

by Colonel on March 16, 2013

“A judge granted three teenagers immunity from prosecution Friday before they agreed to testify about the alleged sexual assault of a drunken 16-year-old girl after a party in eastern Ohio last summer.

Mark Cole, Evan Westlake and Anthony Craig invoked their Fifth Amendment right against testifying for fear of self-incrimination as the trial in Steubenville entered its third day. Their testimony is a crucial part of the state’s evidence because the West Virginia girl says she doesn’t remember what happened.

Football players Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, are charged with digitally penetrating the girl early Aug. 12, first in a car and then in the basement of a house. Mays also is charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. The two maintain their innocence.

” — Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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