Report: Witnesses in rape trial threatened

STEUBENVILLE — One witness became emotional and had to wipe away tears during testimony Wednesday afternoon in the Steubenville rape case.

The first witness was a Steubenville Catholic Central High School student who testified to preparing for a party that involved alcohol.

The witness said the alleged victim “seemed like she got drunk extremely fast.”

A second witness testified in Jefferson County Juvenile Court through tears about the alleged victim’s condition at a second party.

Meanwhile, sources in the case indicated threats have been made against witnesses.

A 16-year-old girl was “substantially impaired” after an alcohol-fueled party, was unable to consent to sex and suffered humiliation and degradation when she was raped by two high school football players, a prosecutor said Wednesday in her opening statement at the boys’ trial.

But a defense lawyer said his 17-year-old client “did not rape the young lady in question.”