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Updated: Bodenweiser Trial Heats up

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - It was day three of trial for Eric Bodenweiser, the former Delaware state Senate candidate, who is accused of molesting a young boy in the 1980s. For the second day in a row, the accuser took the stand, and as the defense attorney started questioning, it got heated. The back and forth was so hostile that the judge actually sent the jury out and called for a break. 

Bodenweiser's run for the state Senate in 2012 was derailed when a 37-year-old man accused him of molesting him at least five times between 1987 and 1989.  The victim claims he was between 10- and 12-years-old. Bodenweiser, who was in his 20s at the time of the alleged abuse, faces 14 counts of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse, as well as 14 counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact.

On the stand Tuesday, the victim looked angry and frustrated, at times crossing his arms. At one point he yelled at Joe Hurley, the defense attorney. 

"I don't know how you could defend someone like that," he said referring to Bodenweiser. 

Hurley read excerpts from various interviews with the accuser, spanning from October of 2012 to May of 2013. In these interviews, he pointed out five major inconsistencies, suggesting the alleged victim was lying about the molestation.  

At one point, Hurley made a remark the accuser perceived as inappropriate. There was an audible response to the comment, which appeared to make a mockery of the alleged sexual offense. After the trial, Hurley said his comments were misunderstood, adding that he wasn't trying to offend the accuser. Nonetheless the accuser called the comment "fowl," and a "smart ass" remark.

In response to the commotion, Judge E. Scott Bradley sent the jury out of the room and called for a break in the trial at around 11 a.m. Bradley instructed the victim to take 15 minutes to collect his thoughts and calm his nerves.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the trial resumed, to send the jury home for the day. 

Hurley told WBOC outside the courtroom that he didn't want to offend the accuser. He said the emotional outbursts were based out of "frustration," after being caught in a lie.

"It's frustration coming out because he cannot reconcile it all," he said. "It's what I told you yesterday. Black is white. White is black. Up is down. Down is up. And he doesn't have an answer for it. And he's frustrated because he doesn't. And he doesn't remember what he said before and I wonder why. When you're fantasizing, it's difficult to keep the fantasy straight." 

Hurley said that there was still a lot of time left with the defense's questioning. Tuesday, he pointed out five inconsistencies between multiple interviews, which he said is just 15 percent of the total number of inconsistencies. Hurley will continue his cross examination Wednesday at 9 a.m.
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