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Clay Conaway Will Testify in His Rape Trial

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- After an incident that essentially tossed out one jury pool last week, on Monday the jury in the Clay Conaway trial was selected. This is the first of potentially six separate cases involving the former University of Delaware baseball player. This case began when the victim and Conaway, 23, of Georgetown, allegedly connected on a dating app called Bumble. 

The court and jury learned Monday they will hear a testimony from the alleged victim. Conaway's attorney, Natalie Woloshin, said her client will also take the stand in his trial. In his trial Conaway is facing 15 years to life in person over first-degree rape charges.

Conaway entered the Sussex County Courthouse at 9:29 a.m. Monday. He was wearing a gray suit, a pink shirt and glasses. The first part of the day was to finalize the selection of the jury. There was 12 jurors picked for this case. Nine of the selected were males and the other three were females. The court also picked four alternate jurors, including three males and one female.

During their opening statements Monday, both the defense and prosecution teams centered around social media. Deputy Attorney General Casey Ewart and Conaway attorney spent a great deal of their opening statements around text messages between the alleged victim and her friends. The prosecution and defense teams both mentioned text messages that were sent before and after the incident.

In her opening statement, Ewart described the many steps that led up to night of the incident on June 20, 2018. Ewart explained how this alleged incident occurred at Conaway’s home in Georgetown. The prosecuting team said they will present text messages from the victim to her friends that will demonstrate the victim did not consent. 

Woloshin read her opening statement to the jury, mentioning a good number of the text exchanges between the victim and her friends. Woloshin explained to the jury how these text messages were prior to June 20th, which she claims the victim did consent. 

Judge Richard Stokes sent the jury home Monday with the other to return Tuesday at the Sussex County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. The prosecution and defense teams are expected to start testimony Tuesday. 

 

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