Victim gives details in sex-abuse retrial
A sex-abuse victim fled a courtroom in tears Wednesday after her mother testified that she didn't encourage sex between the girl and three adult men in exchange for drugs and alcohol.
A retrial in Jackson County Circuit Court will continue today for one of three men originally convicted in 2000 of having sex with a 13-year-old Medford girl while her mother encouraged the act.
, is charged with second-degree rape, sodomy and endangering the welfare of a minor. Jurors' 2000 guilty verdict was reversed in the Oregon Court of Appeals earlier this year.
The girl, now 19, is expected to continue her testimony today. The girl's mother, Lynda Darlene Hill, 44, hoped the men would give her drugs and alcohol if she offered her adolescent daughter for their enjoyment, prosecutor Judi Harper told jurors Tuesday in her opening statement.
Convicted of rape and other sex crimes in 2000, Hill testified Wednesday that she didn't remember much about the evening of the alleged crime because she blacks out when she drinks. However, she did testify to giving Smith oral sex earlier in the day at her Royal Avenue apartment in exchange for a fifth of whiskey. Hill remains in prison.
— Running from the courtroom in tears following her mother's testimony, the victim later told of performing oral sex on 36-year-old Lamar Esquire McKinzie and being raped in the apartment's bathroom by 45-year-old Johnny Lee Carter. Both men were convicted of rape and other sex crimes in the case. Their convictions also were overturned on appeal.
However, Carter and McKinzie both pleaded guilty in 2003 to second-degree rape in the case and were sent back to prison for three years and six months. Released on parole, McKinzie was arrested in Medford last month on a charge of failing to report as a sex offender. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Circuit Court and remained in the Jackson County Jail.
Appellate judges said Circuit Court Judge Patricia Crain erred in the first trial when she allowed the jury to view the victim's videotaped interview with police despite Harper's failure to provide notice of the evidence 15 days before trial. District Attorney Mark Huddleston called the issue a technicality.
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