Opening Arguments Begin in Tallahassee Rape Trial

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

Seven jurors listened to opening arguments Tuesday. Prosecutor Frank Alman presented a narrative that 26-year-old Leo Rains raped an acquaintance of his against her will.

Frank Alman of the prosecution said, "The defendant did not take no for an answer. He picked miss ----- up, carried her into the bedroom and put her down on the bed. He again told her he wanted his stuff and that he wanted sex."

Rains is accused of holding the victim hostage at her southside apartment back in August of 2004, forcing her to have sex against her will.

Defense attorney Alex Morris presented a different story to jurors.

Alex Morris said, "If you pay attention to the facts and evidence submitted in this case, I think it's going to be clear as day to you that at the end of the day, Mr. Rains is not guilty of the crime of which he is charged."

Following opening arguments, the state's first witness, the victim in this case, took the stand. Both Rains and the victim shed tears as she recalled the events of that morning as she remembered them.

During the victim's testimony, she admitted she still has feelings for Rains. She also told the court that at one time Rains sent her a letter requesting that she drop the charges.

Rains took the stand briefly Tuesday in his own defense and denied the rape. The state and defense have wrapped their cases.

The jury will hear closing arguments Wednesday morning.


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