Shortly after hearing a rebuttal from Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Bambi Couch this afternoon, jurors were dismissed for the day. They are scheduled to return to the Huron County Courthouse at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday to receive instructions from Judge Jim Conway and then will begin their deliberations.
Original story 4:03 p.m. Aug. 28, 2017:
Huron County jurors who have heard the evidence and closing arguments in the seven-day trial of a rape suspect are one step closer to deliberating.
McClain L. Durst, 29, of Sandusky, is accused of sexually assaulting four victims in vehicles in connection with incidents in June and July 2017. He faces charges of rape, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, importuning and sexual battery.
Evidence has shown that Durst is accused of using text messages to solicit the victims for sex before the suspected offenses, two of of which happened hours apart on the same day. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Bambi Couch, who gave a closing argument that lasted slightly more than an hour, alleged the victims were “pulled, shoved or laid on top of or restrained” so they couldn’t leave the vehicle.
Durst waived his right to testify this afternoon and Huron County Public Defender David Longo declined to present any witnesses on behalf of his client. Longo, who spoke to jurors for more than an hour, said the state has presented “four weak cases” together so they could support one another. He also said the problem with the text messages is “you can’t be sure who sent it.”
As of press time, Couch was presenting a rebuttal to Longo’s closing argument.
Read the complete story in Wednesday’s issue of the Reflector.