Inmate's testimony points to suspect's guilt in Rutgers rape trial

(01/11/05) NEW BRUNSWICK ? Prosecutors say a jailhouse confession points to a suspect?s guilt in the Rutgers robbery and rape trial.

Sampson Coleman, currently incarcerated in Middlesex County Jail, says defendant Timothy Heard came to him for advice on beating charges stemming from a robbery and sex assault incident. Prosecutors say Heard and three other individuals broke into apartments near Rutgers University and sexually assaulted three women. Coleman himself was a suspect in the attack, however, he received a lighter sentence on an unrelated charge in exchange for his cooperation.

Heard?s attorneys argue Coleman is simply restating facts he heard on the news and during police questioning. The defense will have an opportunity to present its case Wednesday after the prosecution rests. However, the judge told the jury to expect closing arguments Wednesday.

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