There’s a surprising twist in a Tallahassee trial as an accused rapist takes the stand and claims the victim concocted the whole story.
A jury is now deliberating and must decide who it believes; the victim or 23-year-old Miguel Sierra.
Miguel Sierra took the stand and told a very different story than the victim. While she testified the total stranger broke into her home, tied her to her bed and raped her, Sierra told the court the two had met weeks prior and he'd recently sold her some ecstasy.
The night of January 28 he says he stopped by her house to get paid and the two wound up having consensual sex.
"Did you tie her to the bed?”
“Did you force her to do anything sexually she didn't want to do?”
But prosecutors went on the attack, citing bruising to the victim's neck and wrists, phone lines cut at the victim's house and Sierra's fingerprints on the blade of a knife found at the scene of the alleged crime.
The victim was called back to the stand late in the afternoon and vehemently denied Sierra's allegations of drug use and consensual sex.
The jury got the case just before 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Sierra could face up to life in prison if convicted of the break-in and repeated rapes.
We'll let you know as soon as there's a verdict.
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