One of the victims testifies at Rutgers rape trial in New Brunswick court
(01/05/05) NEW BRUNSWICK - A jury in New Brunswick heard testimony Wednesday from one of the three victims of a robbery and sex attack near Rutgers University.
Authorities say three women were sexually assaulted during the robbery in an apartment on Stone Street last year. Four men were charged in March for the robbery and attack. Nineteen-year-old Timothy Heard is the only one of the four suspects to go to trial. The three others pleaded guilty to charges and are to serve prison terms ranging from 9-20 years. Heard pleaded not guilty.
Police say the suspects were disguised during the attack, so the victims could not ID them. However, prosecutors say Heard was captured on a surveillance camera blocks away from the attack with the other suspects. The other three suspects -- Jalonn Lassiter, Raymond Dargan and Kyle Parker-Hall -- were identified through DNA from semen samples.
Prosecutors say the men were armed with guns and box cutters. They say the suspects robbed the students of cash and took the women one by one into another room, forced them to perform oral sex and sodomized them.
Heard's attorney says his client did not assault anyone. Heard has been charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, burglary and robbery. The trial is expected to last through next week. The other two victims are expected to testify, and the surveillance videotape may also be shown.