LIMA — The jury in the Ross McWay rape trial will get the case Thursday morning after attorneys deliver closing argument in a case that hinges on the issue of whether sex was consensual.
The trial is lasting longer than expected and Allen County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Reed apologized to the jury for that while asking if anyone had a hardship created by the length of it. No juror did.
The jury spent Thursday listening to Lima Police Detc. Steve Stechschulte explain parts of his investigation against McWay including covering a series of text messages between the alleged victim’s father who grew concerned that McWay was with his daughter.
McWay, 37, is charged with two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping in a March 23 to 24 incident involving a 29-year-old woman. The woman, who is a drug addict, was introduced to McWay at Sportscaster’s bar and asked him to sell her and her father crack cocaine. McWay did.
The woman later left the bar with McWay and he gave her more crack cocaine. When she was unable to pay him, McWay wanted sex as payment. The woman agreed but then stopped in the middle of the act saying she just couldn’t continue.
Later that night McWay agreed to drive the woman home but instead drove around Lima before ending up on Shawnee Street at the dead end. During the ride, the woman testified McWay said he was going to get his money’s worth from her and wanted sex.
The woman said she told McWay she did not want to have sex with him. She said he assaulted her and threatened to hurt her. She knew McWay served a lengthy prison sentence for killing a man so she did whatever McWay wanted out of fear, she said.
McWay’s attorney called one witness, McWay’s nephew to testify about the events of the night.
Both sides agree on most of the events that night. The difference is whether the sex was consensual. The woman said McWay raped her but McWay’s defense is the sex was consensual.
McWay was released from prison in 2014 after serving 13 years for killing a 21-year-old man he and another man chased down and fired shots to stop the car. They then ran up to the car after the man crashed and shot the man six times.
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