LIMA — Jurors in the Keyown Pryor kidnapping trial have now heard all the evidence against him with the prosecution resting its case Wednesday.
Pryor, 28, faces multiple charges from two incidents in 2021. He faces three counts of kidnapping, felonies of the first degree; two third-degree felony counts of domestic violence; a single count of burglary, a felony of the second degree; and a single count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree.
On Tuesday, Pryor’s ex-girlfriend, Rachel Hooker, testified that Pryor physically assaulted her while she was driving her vehicle with their child in the back seat on two occasions: one on Nov. 28 and the other on Dec. 6, 2021.
The Nov. 28 incident occurred when Hooker says she was driving Pryor and their child to the Shawnee Road McDonald’s. She alleges that Pryor began to physically assault her while driving and that a verbal altercation between the two ensued in the restaurant’s parking lot, which could be seen on security footage played to the jury.
On Wednesday, Shawnee Township Police interrogation footage related to the Nov. 28 incident was shown to the jury. In the video, Pryor maintained his innocence, calling Hooker “psychotic,” “belligerent” and “demented.” However, Detective Jack Miller testified that Pryor’s story was inconsistent throughout the investigation, evolving as he learned more details concerning the allegations.
The Dec. 6 incident also allegedly occurred while Hooker was driving Pryor and the child. Hooker testified Tuesday that she was driving on Holly Street while sustaining blows from Pryor. Hooker says she stopped the vehicle on Holly Street and, once she had exited and began to scream for help, Pryor drove away with their child still in the car.
Renee Wagoner, who lives on Holly Street, testified that she was home the morning of Dec. 6 when she heard a female voice screaming for help. Wagoner said that she witnessed from her window that the driver of the vehicle, whom she later came to identify as Hooker, was being struck “like a punching bag.”
Several hours later on Dec. 6, Pryor was apprehended at a residence in the 800 block of Weadock Avenue. The resident of the home testified that he had left without locking the door that afternoon, but he found upon returning that all the doors had been locked. He said that he allowed Lima Police to search his home, where Pryor was found and arrested in the attic.
Lima Police Detective Steve Stechschulte testified that he recovered the child at a construction shop belonging to Pryor’s father on West Vine Street, and Hooker’s car was located on South Scott Street.
The trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.