LIMA — An alleged rape victim testified Wednesday she reluctantly agreed to have sex with Ross McWay earlier in the night to pay for crack cocaine but when he wanted more sex later in the night, she told him no.
She said she feared what McWay might do to her especially after he told her he served a prison sentence for murder. When McWay drove her to a dead-end street and told her he was going to get paid in sex for the crack cocaine he gave her, she went along with it out of fear.
“Ross was pretty adamant about he was going to get his money’s worth. I told him I don’t want to do that,” she said.
McWay, 37, is charged with two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping. He faces up to 63 years in prison. McWay and his lawyer are arguing the sex was consensual.
McWay previously served 13 years in prison for killing a man in 2001. McWay and another man chased down a 21-year-old man, fired shots at the car to stop the car, then ran up and shot the man six times after he crashed the car. McWay was released from prison in 2014.
In court Wednesday, the 29-year-old woman explained step by step what happened the night of March 23 to 24. She met McWay through his nephew at Sportscaster’s bar. McWay supplied her and her father with crack cocaine.
She wanted more crack cocaine. After a few hours she left with McWay and his nephew and they drove to a nearby apartment. McWay gave her more crack cocaine, this time she thought for free, which she said is a ploy many dealers use to lure drug addicts into being regular customers.
McWay then started telling the woman he wanted sex and she reluctantly agreed. The two had sex in the bathroom at the apartment but part way into it she told McWay to stop and he did.
The woman wanted a ride home to Ada and McWay agreed. He drove her around for what the woman said seemed like hours stopping at two gas stations along the way. McWay kept telling her he wanted to get his money’s worth for giving her crack cocaine while telling her he wanted sex.
“He said the same thing over and over. I was like, ‘OK, whatever. I’m not doing it. Take me home, please,’” she said.
She became increasingly worried and frightened, she testified.
Eventually, McWay drove to a dead-end street and demanded she take her clothes off. She told him no but he remained persistent and slapped her in the face. He also put her in a chokehold and he threatened to punch her in the face.
“He told me he just got out of prison for murder and was not scared to [rough] me up,” she said. “I realized I was just going to have to do what he said or he was going to hurt me.”
She explained how she gave in and had sex with McWay, stopping several times to smoke a cigarette hoping McWay would not want to continue. McWay didn’t want to stop so she came up with a plan to tell him she had to go to the bathroom and needed to step out of McWay’s SUV.
Outside the SUV, she ran to the nearest house for help. A man at the house drove her to a restaurant where her boyfriend picked her up and drove her to the hospital, she said.
The case has a lot of messy details the jury of eight men and four women are hearing. The woman also testified she didn’t want to go through another sexual assault case saying she was a victim in a similar case a few years earlier. The jury also heard the mucky details of a life of a crack addict including the fact she often smoked crack cocaine with her father.
McWay’s trial will resume Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
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