Jury Convicts Defendant in Rape Case
PASCO, Wash. (AP) _ A 28-year-old man has been convicted of raping and assaulting a woman who went to jail rather than testify against him.
The Franklin County Superior Court jury deliberated about three hours before returning the guilty verdicts Wednesday against Maurice Young. Defense attorney Dave Corkrum said he may appeal.
Sentencing was set for Aug. 12.
The woman had been jailed once as a material witness and once for contempt of court for refusing to testify against the defendant. The woman, who said she would rather leave down that face the defendant in court, was released from jail after three days on Friday.
Young told the jury that he did not hold a knife to the throat of the woman, with whom he’d lived since 1979, or rape her Jan. 24 at the couple’s mobile home.
The woman’s account of the attack was relayed to the jury through the testimony of Pasco police officer Archie Pittman.
Pittman’s testimony was admitted through an exception in evidence rules, allowing the prosecution to continue the case without the victim’s testimony.
Pittman told the jury that the woman told him Young had put a knife to her throat and dragged her into the house, where she was tied up and raped.
Young testified Tuesday that there had been no history of problems between them. However, sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Kennelly told the jury that a domestic violence restraining order was served on Young on Jan. 15 because of two alleged prior acts of violence. The complaints had been filed by the woman, police said.