Clay Conaway rape trial: Day 4

SUSSEX CO., Del. – Day four of Clay Conway’s rape trial has come to a close in Sussex County Court. The former University of Delaware baseball player is accused of raping a woman, in June 2018, after they met on a dating app. And witness testimony seems to be far from over.

Conaway’s accuser was back on the stand, Thursday, in Sussex County court as she was cross examined. So far, she’s testified for almost seven hours in front of the man who she says raped her. But before she was questioned Thursday, the forensic nurse who reportedly examined her just hours after the incident in question was called to the stand revealing new details for the jury.

The jury for Clay Conway’s rape trial saw a medical report filed by a forensic nurse. That nurse testifies to evaluating Conaway’s accuser in the Bebee Hospital Emergency Room, after a reported assault, on June 20, 2018.

She says she preformed an internal and external exam on the alleged victim and collected samples for an evidence collection kit, including the clothes she was wearing when she says she was raped. Those clothes, a strapless yellow shirt and fabric shorts, were taken out of sealed evidence bags and shown to the jury as well as the alleged victim, who was called back to the stand around 1 p.m. She was still soft spoken but started to get emotional, showing signs of fatigue like hunching over and sniffling.

The defense took the alleged victim through a timeline of events leading up to when she says Conaway raped her, verifying which events she consented to. Before the court adjourned for the day, Conaway’s accuser admitted to speaking about the alleged rape with friends after it had happened even though the detective in charge of the investigation had told her not to. She also confessed to lying to the detective about those conversation.

Cross examination of Conaway’s accuser is expected to continue Friday. Court will resumes at 9:30 a.m.  and is expected to go until about noon. Judge Richard Stokes announced that he believes the trial will go through next Wednesday.

The state also plans to bring up a forensic analyst, the detective in charge of the case and another friend of Clay Conaway’s accuser. Conaway is expected to testify at some point during the trial.

In addition to this case, Conaway is also facing charges for allegedly assaulting five other women over the course of 5 years. He has pleaded not guilty to the almost ten charges against him.

For coverage on day three of the trial: click here.

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