LIMA — The opening day of testimony in the jury trial for Terrez Carter in Allen County Common Pleas Court was dominated by one of two women that prosecutors say was raped by the Lima man.
The young woman, who choked back tears from the witness stand, told jurors she was at Carter’s house on North Metcalf Street — a home she had visited on previous occasions to purchase cocaine — on the night of April 19, 2018. She termed Carter a “friend” and a “nice guy.” She said she visited Carter’s home several times to “do cocaine and hang out.”
On the day in question, however, Carter was acting “different” and “aggressive,” the woman testified.
While in Carter’s bedroom — a spot where friends traditionally gathered to talk and watch TV, she said — he grew unexpectedly abusive, the woman said.
“He said I was going to do what he wanted; he said he should beat me and put me in a body bag,” she told jurors. “He told me I was never gonna see my kid again. Then he hit me in the face, tore off my clothes and did anal (sex) on me” by force. That was followed, the woman testified, by forced oral sex and forced vaginal sex.
“He controlled every movement I could make” during that time, she testified. “He choked me and said I wasn’t leaving until he got what he wanted.”
Carter, 48, is charged with a total of six counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of possession of cocaine and three counts of having weapons under disability.
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Under cross-examination by defense attorney Dustin Blake, the alleged victim admitted Carter was “more than a friend.” The defense attorney introduced as evidence a series of text conversations during which she and Carter engaged in “explicit sexual” banter. The woman did not deny she had initiated many of the texts.
“You had consensual sex with Terrez Carter, isn’t that true?” Blake asked.
“No,” the woman replied.
Also testifying Wednesday was a nurse who examined the alleged victim at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center following the alleged attack.
Stephanie Pierce, a sexual assault nurse examiner, performed a rape kit exam of the woman and testified that among the injuries she observed were “multiple skin tears about the vaginal and perianal areas.” Other outward signs of trauma included multiple bruises and scratches on the woman’s face and body, as well as a 4-millimeter laceration of her vaginal wall.
Pierce said the laceration was an indication that force was used during the sexual encounter.
“You wouldn’t expect to see those kinds of injuries from consensual sex,” she testified.
In opening statements to jurors Wednesday morning as the trial got underway, Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Anthony Miller said evidence would show “the dark side of Terrez Carter as he raped two victims in multiple ways.” Those activities were captured on a video that jurors will view, Miller said. The prosecutor called the video “graphic.”
The defense attorney had a different message for jurors. He said the two women in question “lack credibility” and lack corroborating evidence.
“These women have a motive to lie about things, and I submit they cannot be trusted,” Blake said.