Rape suspects bound to grand jury
by Alan Reed
Jun 25, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
District Judge Jill Clark found sufficient cause to bind the case of seven adult suspects accused of the rape of a 16-year-old girl to the Trigg County Grand Jury after a hearing at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Suspects Michael Oakley, Nicholas King, Dhayna Cavanaugh, Horace Street, Christopher Futrell, Marcus Mays and Devon Morris will appear before the grand jury possibly during the next session.

County Attorney H.B. Quinn called Det. Sgt. Sam Steger of the Kentucky State Police to the stand to give evidence against the seven adults in court. An eighth defendant, identified as a juvenile, did not appear at the hearing.

Steger read from the statements taken by the seven defendants before submitting to cross-examination from the attorneys for the defense. Steger said that the alleged incident occurred on May 23 and 24 before the alleged victim brought a complaint to the Cadiz Police Department on May 24. After Cadiz investigators learned that a portion of the crime might have occurred beyond city limits, the KSP assumed the role of lead investigating agency.

According to Steger’s quotation of statements collected from the alleged victim, she reported vaginal bleeding and “other problems with the vaginal area” on Sunday, May 25, without knowing why. In conversation via Internet instant messaging, she recalled some of the events two days earlier, according to Steger.

The detective said that the alleged incident began at the “Hendricks House” where witnesses reported the alleged victim dressed in underwear and bra appearing “disheveled and drunk or high or both.” Steger said that several witnesses and co-defendants reported all of the suspects engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim. “At no time did she ever say that she granted consent for sex,” Steger said while recalling the alleged victim’s statement.

At or around midnight, suspects Futrell, Oakley, Morris and King are said to have taken the victim to King’s Auto Sales, a business in Cadiz owned by King’s parents. Steger said that Futrell claimed that the alleged victim began to strip and appeared again to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Futrell at first denied engaging in sexual activity with the girl, though later recanted his story to say that he had, according to Steger’s testimony.

According to several statements, the used-car business held a back room containing a mattress. All of the defendants present at the car lot said that the alleged victim performed oral sex voluntarily, and invited them to engage in sexual intercourse. At the same time, each defendant’s statement said that the alleged victim appeared to be intoxicated.

Defendant Mays said in his statement, read by Steger, that the four indeed left with the victim around midnight. Prior to leaving, Mays allegedly said that after being apprised of the juvenile suspect’s statement, he donned a condom and attempted to have intercourse with the alleged victim. According to the statement, he ceased when the victim said “Ouch,” and he heard someone banging on the door.

For the rest of this story, and to follow the developing case, read The Cadiz Record.
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