Teen eyewitnesses testify at Ohio rape trial

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Posted on March 15, 2013 at 11:30 PM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A teenager who was granted immunity from prosecution has testified he saw a friend perform a sexual act on a 16-year-old girl after a party in eastern Ohio last summer.

The judge granted three teenagers immunity from prosecution Friday before they agreed to testify about the alleged sexual assault.

Mark Cole, Evan Westlake and Anthony Craig invoked their Fifth Amendment right against testifying for fear of self-incrimination as the trial in Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl) entered its third day.

Testimony from the three is a crucial part of the state's evidence because the West Virginia girl says she doesn't remember what happened.

Two teenage defendants, Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond are charged with sexually assaulting the girl early in the morning of Aug. 12, first in a car and then in the basement of a house.

Westlake testified he saw Richmond's encounter with the girl in the basement. Cole testified he took a video of Mays and the girl in the car before deleting it.

The two defendants maintain their innocence.

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APPHOTO OHKS102: Trent Mays, 17, left, and co-defendant 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond sit in court before the start of the third day of their trial on rape charges in juvenile court on Friday, March 15, 2013 in Steubenville, Ohio. Mays and Richmond are accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl in August of 2012. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool) (15 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO OHKS109: Trent Mays, 17, returns after a recess for the night session of his trial with co-defendant 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond, background, during the third day of Mays' and Richmond's trial on rape charges in juvenile court on Friday, March 15, 2013 in Steubenville, Ohio. They are accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl in August 2012. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool) (15 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO OHKS104: Ma'lik Richmond, 16, enters court before the start of the third day of his trial with co-defendant Trent Mays, 17, (not seen) on rape charges in juvenile court on Friday, March 15, 2013 in Steubenville, Ohio. Mays and Richmond are accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl in August of 2012. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool) (15 Mar 2013)

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