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Defense Rests its Case in Clay Conaway Rape Trial

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Defense attorneys rested their case Wednesday in the rape trial of a former University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults.

After concluding testimony by a police detective, the judge presiding over the trial of 23-year-old Clay Conaway, of Georgetown, denied a defense motion for acquittal. 

Conaway's attorneys argued that prosecutors had not presented sufficient evidence for the jury to consider whether his accuser was injured during their June 2018 encounter. Conaway was initially expected to take the stand in his defense Wednesday, but his defense decided against that.

Conaway's attorney, Joe Hurley said he opted against making his client testify because jurors had already seen a video recording of Conaway.

"He told what happened to get up here and to repeat the same thing again is going to bore the hell out of the jury. It's going to be the same thing times two," Hurley said. 

Jury deliberations will begin after closing arguments Thursday afternoon. The 21-year-old woman has accused Conaway of raping her after she drove to his house. Before going to the house in June 2018, she texted friends that she believed Conaway wanted to have sex with her. The encounter came three weeks after the woman and Conaway connected on the online meeting site Bumble.

She is among six women whom Conaway is accused of sexually assaulting between 2013 and 2018.

 

 

 

 

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