Alleged victim takes stand in gang rape trial - - Jackson, MS

Alleged victim takes stand in gang rape trial

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HAZLEHURST, MS (WLBT) – Was it gang rape or consensual sex in a dormitory on the Co-Lin campus in Wesson?

Tuesday a jury in Hazlehurst heard evidence in the case of "she said, they said."

Four men sat in the Judge Lamar Pickard's Copiah County courtroom facing charges in connection with an alleged gang rape.

The incident was investigated by police on the campus of Copiah Lincoln Community College on October 6 of last year.

Nineteen-year-olds Cameron Clark, Damonte Glover, Justin Sandifer and 26-year-old Jason West were indicted on sexual battery charges.

They are accused of raping a then 17-year-old freshman in room 121 of Ellzey Dorm, a male housing unit.

The woman took the stand testifying that she drank vodka voluntarily and could not recall many of the events.

She said that she awoke on a bed in the male dorm with Demonte Glover on top of her having sex and a bunch of boys surrounding her, including Jason West.

The indictment alleges that she was physically helpless when the men engaged in sexual and other acts with her.

Prosecutors played dorm surveillance video of a group of men bringing the alleged victim back to the doorway of her dorm and placing her on the ground.

She was seen being carried inside the building.

Each man is represented by a different attorney.

The defense for all contends that the woman engaged in consensual oral intercourse.

Co-Line Police Chief Wayne Roberts stated that DNA test from the victim's rape kit did not match any of the four accused men.

The nurse, who administered the rape kit, testified the victim answered her questions and said the victim stated that she never lost consciousness, contradicting her claims that she was in and out of consciousness.

Tuesday evening the prosecution rested.

A motion was entered to dismiss the case because the woman never identified one of the accused.

The judge denied that motion.

Court resumes Wednesday morning with the defense presenting its witnesses.

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