Steubenville ‘Rape Crew’ headed toward trial, 40 witnesses subpoenaed
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — At least 40 witnesses could testify at the upcoming trial of two high-school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in eastern Ohio last year, and the case likely will last three or more days, a court official said yesterday.
The trial is open to the public, and TV coverage is being permitted, but witnesses will have the option to decline to be photographed or recorded, said Fred Abdalla Jr., chief probation officer for Jefferson County Juvenile Court.
Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, are accused of attacking the girl after a party in August, with Mays accused of raping her in the back seat of a moving car and Richmond in the basement of a house.
Abdalla said special prosecutors appointed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine have subpoenaed 28 witnesses, and a defense attorney has subpoenaed 12 others, with more defense subpoenas expected. Not all would necessarily testify, Abdalla said.
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