Victim, witnesses testify at Ellsworth rape trial

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 15, 2009, at 9:28 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Witnesses continued to testify Tuesday in the gross sexual assault trial of a local 19-year-old man, including the alleged victim who told jurors she had no memory of the disputed incident.

Logan Will is facing charges in Hancock County Superior Court of gross sexual assault, assault, and attempted gross sexual assault.

The alleged victim, who is now 19 years old and lives in Bar Harbor, took the stand Tuesday morning to testify about what she remembered of the incident. The alleged assault occurred at a party at a small cabin on Stone Dam Road in Eastbrook on June 4, 2008. Between 15 and 20 people, most of whom were students at Ellsworth High School, attended the party, witnesses have testified.

According to Hancock County District Attorney Michael Povich, the woman told the jury she became so intoxicated at the party that she remembers little about what happened.

The woman remembered talking to people, the prosecutor said Tuesday afternoon, and waking up the next morning with her underwear wrapped around her ankle.

The alleged rape occurred after the girl became ill and others at the party had put her to bed upstairs at the cabin and repeatedly checked on her to make sure she was all right. During one of those checks, people at the party allegedly found Will, who also had been drinking heavily, having sex with the unresponsive girl, according to testimony given Monday.

People at the party said they pulled Will off the woman and dragged him outside while others attended to the girl. Her friends told her about the alleged assault the next day.

Adam Jordan, a former student at George Stevens Academy who co-owns the cabin, testified Tuesday that he was among a group of people at the party who went upstairs after others found Will allegedly having sex with the unresponsive girl and described details of the scene.

During the trial, Will’s defense attorney, Walter McKee, has questioned witnesses who were at the party about who may have been drinking or smoking marijuana at the gathering. In his opening remarks on Monday, McKee said police found no physical evidence indicating his client raped the alleged victim. He suggested that witness observations at the party may have been affected by alcohol or marijuana.

“Science doesn’t get drunk,” McKee said, referring to the lack of forensic evidence that would implicate his client. “It doesn’t get stoned.”

Others who testified Tuesday included Detective Alan Brown of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, who is the primary investigator in the case, and a nurse who examined the alleged victim at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

McKee said Tuesday that it is still “up in the air” whether his client will testify in his own defense. Testimony in the trial is expected to wrap up today.

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