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By MARK LAW For The Weirton Daily Times STEUBENVILLE — The defense in the Steubenville rape case will try to prove the victim wasn’t so intoxicated that she couldn’t make decisions, but the prosecution said the girl was stumbling as she tried to walk, slurring her speech and vomiting. Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville have been charged with rape in connection with an incident involving an underage girl that allegedly happened on Aug. 11-12. Mays also faces a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for allegedly having a picture of the 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone. Attorneys for both defendants have denied the charges. Visiting Judge Tom Lipps heard the first day of testimony Wednesday in the juvenile courtroom at the Jefferson County Justice Center. Six witnesses were called to the stand Wednesday,
TRIAL BEGINS — From left, Defense attorney Adam Nemann; his client, defendant Trent Mays, 17; defendant Ma’lik Richmond, 16; and his attorney, Walter Madison, listen to prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter’s opening statement at the start of Mays and Richmond’s trial on rape charges Wednesday. including four young people who saw the victim the night of the alleged rape. Two police
officers also testified about transporting evidence to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Iden-
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ferson County Courthouse, where three protests were held earlier this year and late last year, before migrating to the nearby County Justice Center, which houses the juvenile courtroom. Wednesday’s demonstration, however, was a departure from previous protests in both size and mood. Hundreds attended previous demonstrations, during which protesters
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STEUBENVILLE — While it initially appeared the first day of the trial of two Steubenville High School student-athletes charged with rape might pass without Tyler Reynard protest, a familiar, but smallOUTSIDE — Protesters stand outside of the Jefferson County Jus- er, group of demonstrators tice Center on Wednesday during the first day of the trial of two arrived Wednesday. Steubenville High School student-athletes charged with rape. Some gathered at the Jef-
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spewed criticism at local law enforcement and prosecutors and clamored for more people to be charged in the case. Rather than voice objections, a peaceful group of about 20 people opted to stand in silence Wednesday to show their support for the 16-yearold alleged victim. Most donned Guy Fawkes masks, See PROTEST Page 7A
Pope’s humility: He stops to get his bags By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff today, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and praying like a pilgrim before a beloved shrine in a decidedly different style for the papacy usually ensconced inside the frescoed halls of the Vatican. The former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, made an early morning visit in a simple Vatican car to a Roman basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary and prayed before an icon of the Madonna. He had told a crowd of some 100,000 people packed in rain-soaked St. Peter’s Square just after his election that he intended to pray to the Madonna “that she may watch over all of Rome.” He also told cardinals he would call on retired Pope Benedict XVI, but the Vatican said the visit wouldn’t take place for a few days. The main item on Francis’
NEW POPE — Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Wednesday. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. agenda Thursday was an inaugural afternoon Mass in the Sistine Chapel, where cardinals on Wednesday elected him leader of the 1.2 billionstrong church in an unusually quick conclave. Francis might be expected to outline some of his priorities as pope in the homily.
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Francis, the first Jesuit pope and first non-European since the Middle Ages, decided to call himself Francis after St. Francis of Assisi, the humble friar who dedicated his life to helping the poor. The new pope, known for his work with the poor in Buenos Aires’ slums, immedi-
ately charmed the crowd in St. Peter’s, which roared when his name was announced and roared again when he emerged on the loggia of the basilica with a simple and familiar: “Brothers and sisters, good evening.” Waving shyly, he said the cardinals’ job was to find a bishop of Rome. “It seems as if my brother cardinals went to find him from the end of the earth, but here we are. Thank you for the welcome.” The 76-year-old Bergoglio, said to have finished second when Pope Benedict XVI was elected in 2005, was chosen on just the fifth ballot to replace the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. Francis urged the crowd to pray for Benedict and immediately after his election spoke by phone with the retired pope, who has been living at the papal retreat in Castel Gandolfo south of Rome. A visit to Benedict would be significant because Benedict’s resignation has raised concerns about potential power See POPE Page 7A
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attorney Marianne Hemmeter of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said Mays and Richmond took advantage of the victim when she was most vulnerable. She said the two defendants exploited that knowledge of her intoxicated state when they “treated her like a toy.” Testimony Wednesday indicated the evening started at a party at the Belardine residence on Wilma Avenue, then moved to the Howarth residence on Westwood Drive and ended at the Cole residence on Efts Lane. Testimony showed the victim, who lives in Weirton, was drinking vodka at the Belardine home and became intoxicated. When that party was shut down, the victim was taken by the two defendants to the Howarth house, where she threw up at least twice. She then was driven to the Cole home, according to testimony Wednesday and at the prior probable cause hearing in October. Hemmeter said on the way,
For The Weirton Daily Times WHEELING — The Rev. James Fleming hopes the selection of a Jesuit as pope will promote a better understanding of the Society of Jesus and of the way the Catholic Church interacts with the world. “We are very excited to have our brother Jesuit chosen as the pope,” said Fleming, who was selected last week to become president of Wheeling Jesuit University in July. Fleming, currently executive vice president of WJU, said all Jesuits take a special vow of obedience
INSIDE: More reaction to the selection/Page 7A to the pope. As the pope looks around the world at the needs of the church, Fleming said, Jesuit priests are prepared to be sent as missionaries to places where the church may not be well established to help fulfill those needs. “It’s really a vow of availability ... ,” Fleming said. “It’s kind of interesting that we will now be vowed to our own brother.” Flemi n g termed
Pope Francis — formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires — a “very prayerful man” who was raised by Italian immigrants in Argentina. Fleming pointed out Bergoglio studied theology in Germany, giving him an international background and the ability to speak several languages. Fleming also pointed to Bergoglio’s choice to lead a simple life as cardinal, opting to live in a small apartment rather than the traditional cardinal’s residence and to take the bus to work instead of using the cardinal’s limousine. Fleming said residents of Argentina tend to be either very poor or very wealthy, and he believes Bergoglio’s choices demonstrate See REACT Page 7A
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Bishop Monforton: New pope will bring hope By DAVE GOSSETT For The Daily Times STEUBENVILLE — Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville said Wednesday afternoon he is “delighted and thrilled to have a Holy Father and a pope from the Americas who will bring hope to the world.” Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope on the fifth round of voting Wednesday evening in Rome by the Conclave charged with selecting the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis is the first from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
“Pope Francis comes to us from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but now is the Vicar of Christ and for whom I am most delighted to serve as one of his bishops. The church in South America has blessed us with one of its sons to bear witness to a world that there is always hope,” stated Monforton. “His papacy will take time to develop. He comes to the Vatican from his own diocese so I think he will bring a fresh look on how to deal with the issues the Catholic Church is now facing. We have prayed incessantly for God’s guidance of the cardinal electors for the next successor of St. Peter,” said
Monforton. “I am grateful as a bishop and I have a sense of pride that Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas. He is a very social, outgoing person and will be a good leader for the Catholic church. There are numerous issues he will need to address including the decline of the church in Europe. The new pope will need to embrace new technology as his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI did with Twitter,” observed Monforton. “We now have a pope who is not from a European country. We have someone who is from south of the equator. He can appreciate the sacri-
fices that have been made in his continent. He also comes from a continent that has a 40 percent Catholic population. He has the experience of seeing the church deal with crises and the challenges of the day,” Monforton said. Monforton also said Pope Francis is coming from a country that has not always been free in its history. “He will know the challenges that will need to be addressed. He knows what he is doing and I believe he will bring hope to the world. How appropriate the conclave occurred during the Lenten season as we get close to the Easter mountain and the res-
Trial Mays unzipped the victim’s shorts and digitally penetrated her. Mark Cole II videotaped the incident with his cell phone and said the victim again was digitally penetrated in the basement of the Cole home. She said a photograph was taken of the victim on her side and it appeared there was semen on her. Hemmeter said Mays’ DNA was a match to semen found on a blanket at the Cole residence. Attorney Walter Madison, representing Richmond, had no opening statement, while attorney Brian Duncan, representing Mays, said the prosecution won’t be able to prove a rape occurred. Julia Lefever, 17, a Catholic Central High School student, said she was friends with the victim even though they attended different schools. Lefever said she and the victim crossed the street on Aug. 11 to the Belardine home where she and the victim were drinking vodka. She said the victim got drunk extremely fast and was slurring her words and stumbling when she walked. Lefever said she saw the victim talking to Mays during the evening. When the Belardine party broke up around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 12, she told the victim to stay there because the victim’s mother knew she was spending the night at Lefever’s house. “I told her to stay and Trent said she would be fine,” Lefever said. She noted she went back inside the Belardine home to get other girls to help but the victim and Mays were gone when Lefever came back outside. She said she tried to call the victim on her cell phone. She saw pictures of the victim later on social media. Lefever said Cole called her the morning of Aug. 12 and told her to come get the victim. The victim “looked like a mess,” was confused and her shirt was inside out, Lefever said, adding Mays and Richmond were in the basement of the Cole residence. She told the judge the two defendants had told her nothing had happened. Lefever said the victim, when being driven away from the Cole residence, again was asked what happened. She said the victim laid down in the backseat and started crying, saying she didn’t
remember. Lefever noted she saw a picture of the naked victim on social media and it looked like the victim had been urinated on. She said she then deleted the picture. On cross examination by Duncan, Lefever said she and the victim split slightly more than a half a fifth of vodka. She said she had seen the victim intoxicated before but nothing like that night. On questioning by Madison, Lefever said she reconstructed her memory of the events in the weeks and months after but said she doesn’t remember every detail. She said she stayed up until around 3 a.m. on Aug. 12 monitoring social media to find out what happened to the victim. Elayna Andres, 17, a Steubenville High School student, said she was with her boyfriend, Jake Howarth, at his house when people left the Belardine party and started to show up there. Andres said the victim threw up in the bathroom as soon as she came into the Howarth house. She said she sat with the victim on the couch, trying to convince her to go back to the Belardine house. Her boyfriend said the victim had to leave. Andres said the victim stumbled and fell trying to get to the door. Mays and Richmond then allegedly grabbed the victim by her arms and legs and tried to carry her out. A now infamous picture was taken of the moment and posted on social media. Andres told Mays and Richmond to stop because Mays was stepping on the victim’s hair. She said Richmond then put the girl over his shoulder and carried her out. Andres, who began crying at one point during her testimony, said Anthony Craig returned to the house after leaving with a picture of the victim on his cell phone that he showed to Michael Nodianos, who was seen in a now infamous 12minute YouTube video making inappropriate comments. On cross examination by Madison, Andres said it appeared the victim was able to verbally respond to others at the Howarth house. Andres told attorney Adam Nemann, another attorney who is representing Mays, that she stopped being friends with the victim when the
Continued from Page 1A walk. He said girls at the Howarth house told the victim to go back to the Belardine residence. The victim said she was fine, he said. Student Cody Saltsman took the picture of Mays and Richmond trying to carry the victim out of the house, Pizzoferrato said. He said the victim wasn’t moving. He said he saw the victim outside the Howarth house vomiting and said she had vomit on her shirt. He added he sat a bottle of water beside her. He admitted he was the one who said he would pay someone to urinate on the victim but he said the statement was intended as a joke. Pizzoferrato said he saw another picture of the victim on Craig’s phone. He said the picture showed a female on her hands and knees with a shirt on but no pants. He said Mays was standing behind her, with his pants down, spreading her buttocks. He said Richmond was in the background. He said he thought they just had sex with her. Pizzoferrato told Nemann he didn’t see the face of the female in the picture. Pizzoferrato also said he was embarrassed by the urination comment and was testifying to “undo” it. He told Madison it appeared the victim was sleeping or passed out while on the couch in the Howarth home. Steubenville Police Sgt. Mark Taylor, a detective, said he took cell phones obtained in the investigation to the BCI lab. He said there was about 15 phones. Jonathan Sowers, another City Police detective, said he took a blanket recovered at the alleged crime scene to BCI. He also said he took mouth swabs of the two defendants, the victim, Cole, Craig and Nodianos to BCI in August for DNA testing. He said the victim’s shorts and shirt weren’t taken to BCI until Sept. 14, more than a month after the alleged incident. Lipps said today’s testimony was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in the juvenile courtroom and that testimony today will last into the evening. The trial is expected to continue through Friday and possibly Saturday.
victim began putting inappropriate things on the Internet. It wasn’t clear from testimony what was posted. Jake Howarth, 19, a freshman at Ashland University and a Steubenville High School graduate, said about 12 people from the Belardine party came to his house, where he said there was no alcohol consumed. He said his parents were upstairs sleeping. Howarth said he saw the victim with Mays and Richmond. Mays told Howarth the victim had to use the bathroom to throw up. Howarth said the victim appeared drunk and was stumbling toward the bathroom. After the victim threw up, Howarth told her she had to leave. He added he saw her on the street outside his house again throwing up. Her shirt had been removed but she had a bra on underneath, he said. He said he thought he heard Richmond say someone should urinate on the victim. Howarth said Craig and student Evan Westlake came back to his house about an hour after leaving. He said Craig had a picture of the victim but his girlfriend wouldn’t allow him to look at the photo. As to the response of those at his house, Howarth said, “Everyone was shocked as to what was going on. There was a mixture of jokes going around and people being scared.” He said Nodianos and Westlake were joking about the picture. Madison asked Howarth about the impact of the night and he said the family received threats and Internet hacks, and he was referred to as a member of the “rape crew.” Howarth also told Madison that he didn’t have to clean up any vomit from the victim in the bathroom. On further questioning by attorney Brian Deckert of the attorney general’s office, Howarth said the victim was swaying back and forth while sitting on a couch talking to his girlfriend. Pat Pizzoferrato, 17, a Steubenville High School student, said he went to the Howarth house after being at the Belardine’s residence. He saw the (Law can be contacted victim with Mays and said the victim was stum- at mlaw@heraldstaronbling while trying to line.com.)
Protest which were abundant during previous demonstrations organized by the group of hackers “Anonymous.” “We’re here to support Jane Doe, but we’re going to let Lady Justice do the speaking,” said one protester, who painted his mask camouflage to match the military fatigues he wore. One decorated her mask with silver and
pink glitter. Another demonstrator arrived in the area on Tuesday night from California and said she will remain in Steubenville until the judge returns a verdict, which may not occur until Saturday. Protesters, however, did not spare the defendants, a 17-year-old from Bloomingdale and a 16year-old from Steubenville.
One sign delivered the lyrics of a song written to raise sexual assault awareness: “You’re gonna pay for this. This is something you just can’t get away with.” Another sign reminded that “the world is still watching” the case, which was evident by the national and international media camped outside of the justice center Wednesday. A Jefferson
urrection of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis will bring an attitude of hope,” continued Monforton. “Many cardinals were aware of who Pope Francis was and he had their confidence to lead the church,” Monforton said. Officials at Franciscan University of Steubenville said Wednesday afternoon they are pleased the new pontiff chose his name from St. Francis of Assisi. “The new pope has a special love for the poor. When he became a cardinal in Buenos Aires he gave up his chauffeured limousine and rode a bus to work. Can you imagine a cardinal riding the bus to work. He cooks for himself and lives a simple life,” the Rev. Terence Henry, TOR, president of Franciscan University, said. “Our new Holy Father was apparently the runner-up at the last conclave when Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope. I am excited by his election because he is a strong doctrinal conservative. Pope Francis will uphold church doctrine but have a special place for the poor. This is an exciting time for us as Catholics around the world. And I am very excited for the first pope to be selected outside of Europe,” stated Henry. “St. Francis of Assisi always landed on his feet because his feet were planted in Rome. I believe Pope Francis will be an excellent pope and spiritual leader of the world,” added
Henry. Professor Alan Schreck, a veteran theology professor at Franciscan University, said the selection of Francis as his name “is very significant.” “St. Francis of Assisi promoted peace in his lifetime. Assisi, Italy, is a place where people have always thought of peace and unity. Pope John Paul II would invite religious leaders from around the world to gather at Assisi to pray for peace. Different faiths would come to Assisi to pray for peace and unity,” explained Schreck. “The name Francis is also significant because it reflects the basic gospels of Jesus Christ. St. Francis was a peacemaker in his time. And he was a very effective communicator of the Gospel through his words and his life. There is something in a chosen name and I believe this selection will be significant,” stated Schreck. “This is also a very significant time for the Catholic church. I think it is a recognition of the growth of the Catholic church in the southern hemisphere. And the election of Pope Francis shows future popes can come from anywhere in the world,” said Schreck, specializes in who Catholic church history, Catholic church doctrine, church renewal and the theology of the church. “He is the first Jesuit pope. He has served as a cardinal on four different congregations,” noted Schreck.
Pope Continued from Page 1A conflicts emerging from the peculiar situation of having a reigning pope and a retired one. Benedict’s longtime aide, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, accompanied Francis to the visit Thursday morning at St. Mary Major, the ANSA news agency reported. In addition to being Benedict’s secretary, Gaenswein is also the prefect of the papal household and will be arranging the new pope’s schedule. After the visit, Francis also stopped by a Vatican-owned residence in downtown Rome to pick
up the luggage that he left behind before moving into the Vatican hotel for the conclave, according to witnesses. News reports said he was driven in a simple car — not the papal car — and asked if he needed to pay the bill. It was a remarkable show of simplicity and humility for a man who could easily have dispatched someone to do the job for him. He displayed that same sense immediately after his election, shunning the special sedan that was to transport him to the hotel.
he is “clearly on the side of very poor people.” “He has a great pastoral style,” Fleming added. Francis is the world’s first Jesuit pope — a significant development since the Jesuits were suppressed for about 40 years beginning in the late 18th century. In what Fleming called a political power play by princes of western Europe, the pope in 1773 basically dissolved the order. The Society of Jesus was later restored to the church, but as the 266th pope Francis is the first Jesuit to sit in the Chair of St. Peter. Fleming also is impressed that the Papal Conclave selected “an outsider” — a cardinal from the Southern Hemisphere who was considered more of a pastor to his people than an administrator for the Vatican. His predecessor, Pope Continued from Page 1A Benedict XVI, worked County sheriff’s deputy for many years in the latstood at the entrance of the building’s rear parking lot, where around 15 cameramen waited for the defendants to arrive. They swarmed every vehicle that approached and trained their lenses on the occupants while the cars paused before entering the parking lot, where the deputy would not permit the cameras to follow.
Continued from Page 1A ter capacity. In addition to Fleming, the bishop of West Virginia also expressed joy and excitement regarding the selection of a new pope. The Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, described the choice as “one of the best surprises we could expect.” “Catholics should be very grateful to the Holy Spirit for this choice. Pope Francis represents a selection that has the universal church in mind, not just regional preferences. He is the first Pope from either of the Americas,” Bransfield said. “This couldn’t have happened in the 20th century but it has in the 21st century. This historic choice shows that the Cardinals were as concerned about the world as they are the Vatican.’’ (Shelley Hanson contributed to this report.)
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Victim to testify today By MARK LAW For The Weir ton Daily Times
TRIAL CONTINUES — Ma'lik Richmond, 16. right, stretches as he stands with co-defendant Trent Mays, 17, left, and defense attorney Adam Nemann, as they get up to leave their trial on rape charges more than 13 hours after the start of their third day in juvenile court on Friday in Steubenville. Mays and Richmond are accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl in August 2012.
STEUBENVILLE — The prosecution in the Steubenville rape case is expected to call the victim to the stand this morning when the trial continues at 8:30 a.m. before visiting Juvenile Judge Tom Lipps in the Jefferson County Justice Center. On Friday, three eyewitnesses to the alleged sexual assault were granted immunity by Lipps in order for their testimony to be introduced in court. Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville have been charged with rape in connection with an incident involving an underage girl that allegedly happened on Aug. 11-12. Mays also faces a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for allegedly having a picture of the 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone. Attorneys for both defendants have denied the charges. Steubenville High School students Mark Cole II, 17, Evan Westlake, 18, and Anthony Craig, 18, all took the stand with immunity. They were represented by attorneys. The prosecution is attempting to prove the victim was so intoxicated she couldn’t have willingly consented to sex. The defense is trying to show the victim wasn’t that intoxicated. Testimony showed the victim, who lives in Weirton, was drinking vodka at See TRIAL Page 7A
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By CRAIG HOWELL Managing editor WEIRTON — Spring is in the air this weekend at the Serbian-American Cultural Center with the annual Tri-State Home and Garden Show. The fourth-annual event, showcasing approximately 80 local vendors, kicked off Friday with a crowd of visitors viewing a variety of displays, with everything from flooring and window samples to cleaning services, insurance agencies, chiropractors and gardening supplies. The show is sponsored this year by DeNoon Lumber, Weirton Medical Center and Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration. It is organized by Beyond Marketing of Wheeling, in cooperation with the Weirton Area and Jefferson County chambers of commerce. John Marsh of DeNoon Lumber said they would be showcasing their samples of exotic hardwood and custom walls. DeNoon has been a sponsor of the Home and Garden Show for the last several years, and Marsh said they are excited to once again be a part of the event. Robert DiCiccio of Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration agreed, saying they always look forward to the Tri-State Home and Garden Show. “We love the show,” DiCiccio said. “We think it’s great for the chambers and great for the community.” Weirton Medical Center will be offering free blood pressure screenings to visitors. Representatives of the hospital will be on hand all weekend with See SHOW Page 7A Á
SHOW UNDER WAY — The Tri-State Home and Garden Show kicked off Friday with a Business After Hours for members of the Weirton Area and Jefferson County chambers of commerce, as well as approximately 80 vendors. Helping to start the show off are, from left, Robert DiCiccio of Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration; Brenda Mull, president of the Weirton chamber; Dana McIntosh of Weirton Medical Center; John Marsh of DeNoon Lumber; Sue Hershey of the Jefferson County chamber; and Dr. Carol Slomski of Weirton Medical Center. The show continues today and Sunday at the Serbian American Cultural Center.
TAKING PART — Window World is among the variety of home improvement-related businesses lined up as vendors for this year’s Tri-State Home and Garden Show. The event continues today and Sunday at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.
WEIRTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced an Italian business involved in the production of parts for the natural gas industry will be moving into the Three Springs Business Park. Tomblin said Pietro Fiorentini USA plans to build a $9 million manufacturing facility expected to employ 41 initially and up to 150 when fully operational. Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, said Friday the company is expected to lease about 15,000 square feet at the former Wheeling Corrugating Plant in Beech Bottom so it may begin operations while the Weirton plant is built. Ford said construction of the 50,000-square-foot facility is expected to occur over 12 to 18 months. The company is scheduled to conduct interviews this month and begin hiring in May. Those interested in applying should contact the WorkForce West Virginia Weirton office at (304) 794-2000. “I’m pleased Pietro Fiorentini has chosen to locate its new manufacturing plant in West Virginia,” Tomblin said. “I’d like to thank the West Virginia Development Office, the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle and the Independent Oil and Gas Association for working collaboratively with Pietro Fiorentini USA to bring these jobs to Brooke County.” See BUSINESS Page 7A Á
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Trial the Belardine home on Wilma Avenue in Steubenville and became intoxicated. When that party was shut down, the victim was taken by the two defendants to the Howarth house on Westwood Drive in Steubenville, where she threw up at least twice. She then was driven to the Cole home outside Wintersville, according to testimony Wednesday and at a probable cause hearing held in October. Cole said Westlake drove Cole’s car from the Howarth house to the Cole residence. Cole said he was intoxicated and his keys were taken by Westlake. Richmond was in the front passenger seat, with the victim seated behind Westlake. Mays was seated next to her in the middle of the backseat with Cole seated behind Richmond. Cole said he saw Mays insert his finger inside the victim and he shot a video with his cell phone. He said the victim was speaking softly but the car stereo was turned up. Cole said the victim wasn’t touching Mays. At the Cole house, Cole said he saw Mays try to get the victim to perform oral sex on Mays. He said he saw Richmond laying beside the victim and, from the angle where he was standing, couldn’t see exactly what was happening. He said Richmond had his hands in the victim’s crotch area. Cole said he eventually deleted the video from his phone. On cross-examination, Cole said Craig came to the house but he didn’t remember if he showed Craig the video.
Westlake said he saw the victim at the Belardine home and she appeared to be intoxicated. Westlake, while driving Cole’s car, said he heard a commotion in the backseat. He said he heard Mays and Cole laughing. He said he heard someone he thought was Mays say “get this,” possibly referring to Mays telling Cole to record it. At the Cole house, Westlake said he saw the victim naked on the floor in the basement. Mays was beside the victim, smacking his penis off her side, Westlake said. Richmond was behind her and was putting two fingers inside her. Westlake said he wasn’t expecting to be seeing that and wasn’t sure what to think. When asked by the prosecution why he didn’t stop it, Westlake said the act wasn’t violent and he always pictured rape involving violence. Back at the Howarth house, he said he recorded Michael Nodianos making the infamous12-minute video that was posted on YouTube. In the recording, Nodianos is seen making crude comments about the incident. Westlake said he regretted making the video. He said that decision “makes it difficult to face family and people who supported me all my life knowing what I had done.” Craig testified that he believed the victim was intoxicated. Craig said when he arrived at the Cole house, Cole showed him portions of a video he had shot in
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McVey: No comment on Saccoccia until trial ends
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STEUBENVILLE — Superintendent of Steubenville City Schools Michael McVey today responded to evidence presented on Thursday that suggested Steubenville football coach Reno Saccoccia would let the players involved in the Steubenville rape trial off lightly. The coach “took care of it,” one of the defendants said in a text message introduced Thursday by prosecutors. “Like he was joking about it so I’m not worried,” the defendant said in another text. McVey told The Associated Press that the district will wait until after the trial to comment. “We’ll get everything down that comes out of trial, look at it and go from there,” he said. McVey said it’s possible Saccoccia could testify at the trial since he was interviewed earlier by state investigators, who also spoke to other football coaches and McVey himself. the back of the car. He then said he saw the victim naked on the basement floor. He said he saw Richmond behind the victim on the floor but couldn’t tell if Richmond was touching her. Craig said Richmond’s face was in a position where he was looking between the victim’s legs. He said Mays was pacing around the room. Craig said he told them to stop but was told “not to worry,” and that everything would be fine. Craig said he saw Mays hitting his penis off the victim’s side, and added he took two pictures of the victim, When asked by the prosecution why he took the pictures, he said, “I don’t know. It was stupid.” When asked by the prosecution why he didn’t go back to help the victim, Craig said, “I assumed they were going to put her to bed.” Craig said Mays sent
Business According to the governor’s office, parent company Pietro Fiorentini S.p.a. is a world leader in the production of pressure regulators, valves and pressure reducing and metering systems for the natural gas industry. The company has a sales office and a distributorship in the U.S., but the Weirton plant will be its first manufacturing operation in the U.S. The new facility will produce components for the treatment of shale oil and gas. Sergio Trevisan, general manager for the Italian parent company, said, “The Pietro Fiorentini group decided to invest in West Virginia after completing a feasibility study that covered several states in the nation. Our study confirmed that the Marcellus area has a large potential yet to be developed, and this was the main decision factor.” He continued, “Specifically in the Marcellus area, West Virginia offers, in our opinion, an interesting business atmosphere combined with an excellent support
from the state. We are willing to be at the center of the area and West Virginia fully responded to this prerequisite. Pietro Fiorentini is setting up here a manufacturing and logistic base for gas conditioning equipment, oil and gas treatment and reducing and metering plants already distributed in more than 80 countries of the world.” Ford said one aspect that attracted Fiorentini to the city was the availability of land for the new plant and the existing corrugating plant where it could operate temporarily. The former steel plant was purchased in November by the BDC and Los Angeles-based Hackman Capital with the intent of marketing it for potential development. Ford said many officials at the state, county and municipal levels played a role in bringing Fiorentini to Weirton. They included Steve Spence, director of international development for the West Virginia Development Office, and development office staff
Show Continued from Page 1A demonstrations and various hand-outs for those attending the show. On Friday, Dr. Carol Slomski, a breast surgeon at the hospital, was on hand to discuss some of the procedures and treatments with which she is involved. “We have a lot of information to give out,” Dana McIntosh, a registered nurse at the hospital, explained. Among the new features of this year’s event are plans for demonstrations from some of the vendors to help showcase some of their services and products. Demonstrations are planned to include gar-
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Continued from Page 1A member Angela Mascia, who arranged three visits to the city by representatives of Fiorentini. Ford added the recent arrival of Sheehan Pipeline at the corrugating plant and ongoing expansion of Ergon in Newell, “clearly places Brooke and Hancock counties on the radar of the oil and gas industry.” Ford said the three developments are expected to create 750 jobs in the Northern Panhandle, adding the BDC will continue to work with the governor’s office, state Economic Development Authority and county and local officials to bring more jobs to the area.
him a nude picture of the victim on his cell phone the next day. Farrah Marcino, 16, a Steubenville High School student, said she talked to the victim at the Howarth house. She said the victim was intoxicated, and that she said she tried to convince her to go back with her friends to the Belardine house, but the victim insisted on leaving with Mays and Richmond. She said she went to the Cole house with Cole and saw the victim and Mays on a couch covered with a blanket. Marcino said she spent the night at the Cole house, waking up around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. Mays sent a text message to Marcino that he only put a finger inside the victim and the victim performed a sex act on him, according to phone records obtained by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Marcino said she had
Continued from Page 1A prosecution after Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin stepped aside. Rigaud said the victim and her parents provided some information about the case, including the names of people who may be involved. One of the suspects mentioned was Hanlin’s son, Charlie Keenan. Rigaud said the investigation showed Keenan wasn’t involved. Rigaud said the investigation was difficult early on because the victim didn’t remember what had happened. By Friday evening, the prosecution had introduced 115 pieces of evidence. Defense attorney Walter Madison, who represents Richmond, questioned Rigaud about Internet information that was posted from the beginning of the investigation and for months after. Madison said the postings were inflammatory. Lipps said he didn’t want to entertain gossip in the courtroom. Defense attorney Adam Nemann, who represents Mays, told Lipps during the discussion on immunity for the testimony of eyewitnesses, that a civil lawsuit was imminent, and an attorney representing the victim and her family has been in the courtroom throughout the trial taking notes. The prosecution is expected to rest its case after the victim’s testimony this morning. The defense will then begin presenting evidence. Lipps indicated the trial may last into Sunday.
a Twitter conversation with the victim in the following days, and the victim said she believed she had been drugged the night of the alleged incident. The victim said tests came back positive that she was drugged, although no evidence has yet to be introduced confirming that. Brittany Farinacci and Andrea Dennis, two BCI forensic scientists, testified about getting samples from evidence, including a blanket at the Cole house that contained semen samples, ready for DNA testing. Swabs were obtained from several suspects to be used as standards for the DNA testing, according to testimony. Heather Bizub, a BCI expert in DNA testing, said three samples of semen were tested from the blanket. Two of the semen samples came back positive as coming from Mays. The third test was determined to be insufficient for DNA testing. Also, a single sperm cell was found on the victim’s pants, even though the pants were washed and collected later from investigators. Bizub said there was insufficient data on the pants to determine a source. Jean-Philippe Rigaud, who had been the Police Steubenville juvenile detective investigating the case in its early stages before leaving to become a BCI special agent, reviewed the initial stages of the investigation and the evidence collected during his testimony. The case is being prosecuted by the Ohio (Law can be contactAttorney General’s Office, which took over ed at email@example.com.)
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Rape case turns to lessons to be learned for all By MARK LAW For The Weirton Daily Times
EMOTIONAL REACTION — Ma'Lik Richmond covers his eyes and cries as his attorney Walter Madison, standing, asks the court for leniency after Richmond and co-defendant Trent Mays, lower left, were found delinquent on rape and other charges after their trial in juvenile court in Steubenville Sunday. Mays and Richmond were accused of raping a 16year-old West Virginia girl in August 2012.
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STEUBENVILLE — Everyone involved in the rape case against two Steubenville High School studentathletes said it should be used as a life lesson for parents and teenagers. Visiting Juvenile Judge Thomas Lipps found Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville guilty Sunday of rape in connection with an incident involving an underage girl Aug. 1112. Mays also was found delinquent of a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for having a picture of the 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone. The non-jury trial at the Jefferson County Justice Center lasted four days, with testimony ending Saturday evening. Lipps sentenced Richmond and Mays to spend at least one year in an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility or until they are 21 years old. He ordered Mays to spend at least one additional year in the youth center for illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. Lipps said he believed the actions of Mays were more “egregious” and
ordered that his sentences be consecutive, meaning Mays will serve a minimum of two years. Mays and Richmond also face sex offender reporting requirements, but Lipps said he won’t make a determination on that until both are about to be released from state facilities. He ordered the state Department of Youth Services to provide sexoffender rehabilitation treatment. The teens face a maximum reporting requirement of notifying the sheriff where they live every 90 days for life. There are less serious reporting requirements, such as twice a year for 20 years or once a year for 10 years. Lipps told the parents of the defendants to contact the state Department of Youth Services to help determine which facility the teens will be sent to. He said the Paint Creek Light House Youth Center, a privately run Department of Youth Services facility in Bainbridge, has “excellent” programs for juvenile sex offenders. He said a judge must give permission for a teen to be sent there and he is willing to give such permission. Lipps told the juveniles there is See TRIAL Page 7A Á SEEKING JUSTICE — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, right, answers questions about the successful prosecution of two juveniles in a rape case during a news conference Sunday at the Jefferson County Justice Center in Steubenville. He was joined by prosecutors Brian Deckert and Marianne Hemmeter.
By MICHAEL D. McELWAIN Staff writer
STEUBENVILLE — The message Sunday from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was clear — it’s not over. “I have reached the conclusion that this investigation cannot be completed — that we cannot bring finality to this matter — without the convening of a grand jury,” DeWine said at a press conference Sunday at the Jefferson County Justice Center following the conviction of two juveniles of rape.
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STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin and her family had to leave town during the juvenile rape trial because of threats made against both her and her family. Sunday evening, Hanlin confirmed that threats had been made, and she found
them to be credible. Hanlin said there were instances of threats before, but the number of threats of a specific nature grew. “As the trial date grew closer, we received a number of them that seemed to be more credible than others,” Hanlin said. She would not divulge the nature of the threats and would not comment on poten-
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tial suspects. She did say that the last threat came Tuesday, the day before the trial began. “I will not and should not comment on the nature of the threats because they’re being investigated,” Hanlin noted. The information was turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is handling the matter, she said. The explosive nature of the
juvenile rape case and the involvement of social media groups caused increased scrutiny, Hanlin said. She has been prosecuting case since 2005 and noted, “I have never received, nor has my family received, more death threats than during this particular case.” Though she did not make a connection between the threats and any outside
groups, Hanlin said the posts, rumors, innuendo and gossip on the Internet surrounding the case caused more harm than good and could have potentially harmed the investigation or prosecution. “They never uncovered a single piece of evidence that wasn’t already known,” Hanlin noted. “They made it more difSee THREATS Page 7A Á
Indian firm looking at RG Steel plant in Mingo By CASEY JUNKINS For The Weirton Daily Times MINGO JUNCTION — Steelmakers from India are interested in restarting at least part of the silent RG Steel facility in Mingo Junction, which contains the $115 million electric arc furnace, according to the plant’s current owner.
Craig Slater, general counsel and vice president of Frontier Industrial, owner of the Mingo site, said several potential operators have looked at the plant, including some from India. Some Indiabased steel companies are Essar Steel, Jindal Steel and Tata Steel. Local sources with ties to the steel industry have indi-
cated Jindal Steel is very interested in the Mingo mill and that company representatives have made a number of trips to the area. A message left at Jindal’s offices in India was not immediately returned. Essar Steel made a bid to purchase all the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. facilities in 2008, then
owned by Esmark Inc., but United Steelworkers members eventually voted to sell to OAO Severstal for $4.7 million. Severstal later sold the plants to RG Steel, which filed for bankruptcy and liquidation last year. “We know people are interested in what’s going on. We are willing to wait to see what kind of deal we can come up
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Trial plenty of opportunity for them to show good character but also to make mistakes. “There is a great incentive there for them to do good,” he said. Lipps said he hopes the defendants, as well as the victim, take this experience and build upon it as they grow into adulthood. He also said he hopes all parents have discussions with their children about the use of social media and drinking alcohol, adding that drinking is an “age-old problem” with teens. Testimony showed the victim, who lives in Weirton, was drinking vodka at the Belardine home on Avenue in Wilma Steubenville and became intoxicated. When that party was shut down, she was taken by the two to the defendants Howarth house on Westwood Drive in Steubenville, where she threw up at least twice. She then was driven to the Cole home outside Wintersville, according to testimony. Mark Cole and Evan Westlake, after Lipps had granted them immunity from prosecution in connection with the case, testified that they had seen the defendants digitally penetrate the victim. Cole said he took a video of Mays inserting a finger inside the victim during the car ride to Cole’s house. Westlake testified he saw Richmond inserting two fingers inside the victim in the basement of the Cole residence. The prosecution argued the victim was highly intoxicated and unable to give consent. Social media played a large role in the case, with text messages, videos and pictures making up a large amount the evidence presented. The mother of the victim released an audio statement after the sentencing Sunday. “It did not matter what school you went to, what city you lived in, what sport you played, human compassion is not taught by a teacher, coach or a parent. It is a God-given gift instilled in all of us. You displayed not only a lack of this compassion, but a lack of any moral code. Your decisions that night affected countless lives, including those most dear to you. You were your own accuser through this social media that you chose to publish your criminal conduct on. This does not define who my daughter is. She will persevere, grow and move on. I have pity for you both, and hope you fear the Lord. Repent for your actions and pray hard for his forgiveness,” she said. Mays apologized to the victim, her family and the community after Lipps issued his ruling. He said naked pictures of the victim should not have been distributed. Richmond also apologized, saying he had no intention of doing anything like this. He walked across the courtroom to face the victim’s family and said, “I want you to know I’m truly sorry.” Fred Abdalla Jr., juvenile court chief probation officer, came over to help hold Richmond while he was crying in front of the victim’s family. Prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said there was no remorse from the defendants to what happened to the victim. She said once information on the rape got out, there was a conscientious decision to blame her, the victim, for what happened. “The lack of remorse was most appalling. The disregard for another human being can’t be ignored,” Hemmeter said. Attorney Adam Nemann, who represented Mays, said he has
Threats been with Mays since September and seen him in the family home. He said the public doesn’t see that Mays “is a very caring, family oriented, loving man.” He said the Mays family, which was in the courtroom throughout the trial “is ashamed as well.” Attorney Walter Madison, who represented Richmond, said Richmond’s father, Nate, made a lot of mistakes in his life. He said Nate Richmond apologized for not being there for his son. Gregg and Jennifer Agresta of Steubenvile were appointed guardians when Ma’Lik Richmond was 8. Daphne Birden, Richmond’s mother, said at the bindover hearing in November that she allowed the Agrestas to assume guardianship of her son because of her medical conditions. Nate Richmond was sentenced to five years in prison in December 2002 after pleading guilty to felonious assault, with a firearm specification, and having a weapon as a convicted felon in connection with a drive-by shooting in September 2002. The older Richmond told Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge John J. Mascio at his sentencing that he moved to Steubenville from Chicago because he thought it was a better place to raise his children. Madison said the Agrestas feel, in some respects, that they let Ma’Lik down. Madison said Nate Richmond, who came up to his crying son when the verdict was read, sat down, hugged Ma’Lik and told his son he loved him. Madison said when Lipps said Ma’Lik was guilty, Ma’Lik collapsed onto Madison’s shoulder, saying, “My life is over and no one wants me.” When Ma’Lik went to the Agrestas and sat down and had a meal, “He loved the way that made him feel,” Madison said. Madison said Ma’Lik was acting out in school and somebody saw something in him and gave him an opportunity. He said Ma’Lik made the school honor roll in the first year he lived with the Agrestas. “He’ll have to deal with this the rest of his life. He’ll have to explain to his grandkids when he is 70 or 80 years old (the sexual offender reporting) for something he did when he was 16 years old,” Madison said. Madison said Ma’Lik’s sentence will last up to five years in a juvenile facility, but he will have to live “with that scar the rest of his life.” Brian Mays, Trent’s father, said he was “very sorry for putting the (victim’s family) through this.” I’m sorry to put everybody through this ... the community, the school and everybody else.” Nate Richmond said he has been through a lot of struggles throughout his life. He said he is an ex-alcoholic who has not had a drink in 12 years. “When I drank alcohol, it caused a lot of problems and destroyed my life. Alcohol played a big part of the kids’ decision. “I would like to say to the parents, I’m sorry what all you had to go through. I hope somewhere in your hearts you can forgive Trent and Ma’Lik for the pain caused to your daughter and putting you through this,” Nate Richmond said. “I want everyone to know, even though I was not there for my son, I feel responsible for his actions,” he said. Nate Richmond said he hopes the case helps children make positive choices and teaches them how alcohol can
Continued from Page 1A verdict and sentencing, but came inside when she saw Ma’Lik break down crying. When Ma’Lik apologized in front of her, Fitzsimmons said the mother mouthed the words that she, too, is able to forgive Ma’Lik. Fitzsimmons said, “Parents need to be parents, not just best buddies. Parents need to watch them like a hawk because they will get away with anything they can. We need to revisit parenting skills.” Katie Hanna, statewide director for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, said the case should tell the entire world they need to have conversations with children. “We need to show them rape is not acceptable,” she said. Hanna said schools need to incorporate rape prevention in education curriculum. “Rape happens every day. Often it is the silent crime,” she said. Hanna said the victim in the case initially didn’t want to come forward. “Her voice has been the voice of others to come forward. Her courage and bravery has spoken volumes to this community,” Hanna said. Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville said it’s important that members of the community now come together. “Following the judge’s decision, we should keep all those involved in the rape case as well as those participating in the ongoing investigation in thought and prayer. Together, as a community, may we continue to place ourselves in God’s love and mercy,” Monforton said in a written statement.
lead to bad decisions that can affect the rest of their lives. Gregg Agresta said the case can offer a lesson for everyone, especially parents. “Don’t be their best friend. Be a parent,” he said. Attorney Brian Duncan, who represented Mays, said he hopes the community can come together and support the victim’s family and the families of the two young defendants. “This case needs to be a great teaching tool for our youth, and parents need to use it that way,” Duncan said. Madison agreed, saying parents have to be involved in the lives of their children. “You can’t just be a friend. You have to give them what they don’t want to hear, including discipline, guidance, spirituality and compassion. You have to embrace the moment, no matter how bad. This is the worst thing that has ever happened to Ma’Lik Richmond. He may be out in a year, but he has the rest of his life to show everyone truly who he is,” Madison said. Bob Fitzsimmons, an attorney representing the victim’s family, said the family forgives the two young defendants. “They are praying for those two. We now need to regroup and, hopefully, we all can learn valuable lessons. It is not a time to point fingers, but a time to put our hands together and pray a little bit,” he said. Fitzsimmons said he was proud of how strong the victim was when she took the witness stand Saturday. “It is not an easy thing to talk about,” he said. Fitzsimmons said the community needs to learn about social media and children. (Law can be contacted “It is not like when I was growing up. There at mlaw@heraldstaronneeds to be rules as to line.com.) how to use it. Children and adults waste the day and no longer have conversations,” the Wheeling-based attorney added. He said the victim has not made a decision about forgiving the defendants. He said the remorse of the defendants came too late in the opinion of the victim’s family. Fitzsimmons said the victim is going to live her life as a high school student, adding she made the school honor roll through all of this. “She wants to live her life without all this around her,” he said. Fitzsimmons would not directly comment on a civil lawsuit regarding the case, only saying he represents the family. The Rev. Larry Dorsch, pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church in Weirton, the parish of the victim’s family, said he was in the juvenile courtroom all week supporting the family. “They are a very strong family, a family that takes its Christian faith very seriously,” he said. “What we learned as a community is we have difficult issues we need to work on with kids. We need to deal with sexual issues. We need to teach young men how to respect women, in dealing with their own sexuality and dealing with women with respect,” Dorsch said. He said the community also needs to deal with children and alcohol. “We need to talk to parents about following their children. They shouldn’t be out at 2 a.m. driving drunk. I will talk with other moral leaders in the community on how to deal with that,” he said. Fitzsimmons said the victim’s mother had planned to stay outside the courtroom while Lipps announced the
Continued from Page 1A ficult on the victim, and they brought an unprecedented level of fear.” Hanlin said she believed it “made finding justice more difficult than it ever would have been.” She did, however, give the online aspect credit since some of it involved raising awareness of sexual assault. “Rather than calling it a Steubenville problem or a Big Red problem, it should be a teaching moment for all of us,” Hanlin said. Despite her view that the social media component was more of a distraction and possible hindrance, Hanlin said justice was served with Sunday’s verdict and sentencing. Visiting Juvenile Judge Thomas Lipps found Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville, guilty Sunday of rape in connection with an incident involving an underage girl Aug. 11-12. Mays also was found delinquent of a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for having a picture of the 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone. The non-jury trial at the Jefferson County Justice Center lasted four days, with testimony ending Saturday evening. “I was very impressed with the way the prosecution handled the case,” Hanlin said. Whenever possible, she watched the trial unfold through parts broadcast from the courthouse and through newspaper website updates. “This was a case that was difficult and heartbreaking for the victim and for everyone involved,” Hanlin said. She also praised Lipps’ role, saying, “I think he did an outstanding job presiding over a case that was difficult for everyone involved.” City police began their
“This community needs assurance that no stone has been left unturned in our search for the truth.” – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine investigation after the victim’s parents went to the Steubenville police station on Aug. 14 to report a sexual assault involving their daughter. As Hanlin coordinated the initial investigation effort with local law enforcement, state investigators were brought in early, records show. BCI was pressed into service on Aug. 16 to help process the crime scene where the rape took place. On Aug. 27, Hanlin requested officially assistance from the Ohio Attorney General’s office in the prosecution of the two juveniles. Hanlin had no further involvement with the case, she said. Walter Madison, Richmond’s attorney, mentioned Hanlin and her son during testimony and during his closing arguments Saturday night. Charlie Keenan’s (Hanlin’s son) name was mentioned in one report, but the lead investigator testified to excluding him as a suspect or witness saying he accounted for Keenan’s whereabouts during the days in question. Hanlin said she heard her and her son mentioned indirectly by Madison during the trial. “I think it was irresponsible for (Madison) bringing it up, especially in closing arguments, when it was clearly explained in testimony that Charlie had absolutely nothing to do with the incident,” Hanlin said. (McElwain can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)