DENVER (CBS4/AP) – A woman accusing a former Denver Broncos player of rape told her story to a jury.
The trial of former cornerback Perrish Cox began late Tuesday afternoon. His accuser was the first witness to take the stand. At times during her testimony she became very emotional and even broke down and cried when she described the moment she realized she was pregnant.
The accuser came forward in October 2010 after she learned she was pregnant. She said she didn’t file a complaint sooner because she wasn’t sure she had been raped and didn’t want to make unfounded charges.
Police arrested Cox after investigators said Cox’s DNA matched a sample taken from the accuser. The affidavit said the woman was shocked when test results indicated Cox was the father.
The woman testified that on the night of the alleged assault her memory was very spotty. She remembers having a total of four drinks. She also remembers getting into Cox’s car and leaving a downtown Denver club with Cox, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, and her friend, who was reportedly dating Cox at the time.
She testified that once they got to Cox’s home in Lone Tree she remembers kissing Thomas. After that she said she only remembers waking up and feeling like something had happened.
She testified that she thought it was odd that when Cox and special teams player Cassius Vaughn, who was his roommate at the time, came back from practice the next day and urged the girls to take a shower.
She also testified that she thought it was odd that a few days later Thomas texted her asking her what she remembered from that night. That is when her suspicions were elevated. She reached out to Cox, Thomas and Vaughn, asking them if she had sex with them. All three denied it.
In the defense’s opening arguments they said there is no doubt that Cox denied having sex with the woman. They also stated that there is no doubt there is DNA evidence in the case. But Cox’s attorney, Harvey A. Steinberg, said there are way too many unknowns in the case and DNA is not the whole picture.
A witness list remains sealed and prosecutors as well as Steinberg have declined to comment on whether Vaughn and Thomas would testify.
If convicted, Cox faces two years to life in prison. He has remained free on $50,000 bail.
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