STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio high school football players accused of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party last summer are due back in juvenile court Sunday to learn their fate.
Their four-day nonjury trial ended Saturday after testimony from the West Virginia teenager, who said she could not remember what happened that night when she woke up naked in a strange house. She said she felt embarrassed and scared.
Judge Thomas Lipps says he'll announce his decision Sunday morning.
If found delinquent -- the juvenile court equivalent of guilty -- 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond could be held in juvenile jail until they turn 21.
The case has riveted the small city of Steubenville amid allegations that more students should have been charged and led to questions about the influence of the local football team, a source of pride in a community that suffered massive job losses with the collapse of the steel industry.