Jury takes the stand

Accused rapist testifies he hogtied victim to give them both time to cool off
Courtney Astolfi
Jun 24, 2014

 

astolfi@sanduskyregister.com

In an unexpected move, accused rapist and kidnapper Brian Jury took the stand Monday in his own defense.

Jury's testimony painted a different picture of the events that led up to his Nov. 1 arrest. His testimony completely conflicted the statements of a Lorain woman found naked, bound and gagged outside his Strecker Road camper that day.

Jury, 39, told jurors Monday that he picked the woman up in Lorain that autumn morning, then drove her to his Groton Township property. There, they had consensual sex, with the understanding he'd pay her $40, Jury testified.

It was only after the pair were preparing to leave, Jury testified, that he noticed a $100 bill missing from his wallet.

Jury said he made the woman strip, and he saw the missing bill flutter from her clothes.

The woman insisted the money was hers, Jury said, then later demanded he pay her $1,000. Otherwise, she'd tell police he raped her, he said.

Jury then admitted he bound her limbs—but said he was careful when he stuffed tissues in her mouth to muffle her cries. Jury also said he made sure she could still breathe.

When she kicked him, he hog-tied the woman, Jury said.  Then he left the camper to let them both “cool off.”

Jury later said he sent the victim's phone a “cover-up” text after he learned Erie County deputies were searching for him.

But when Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter told Jury his phone records disproved those statements—deputies called him about 30 minutes after Jury sent that particular text—Jury could offer no explanation.

Baxter grilled Jury on his justifications for nearly every piece of evidence presented against him:

How did the victim see his gun? Jury said it was in a cup holder covered by his phone. She saw it when he made a call, Jury said.

Why did he have so much duct tape in his camper? Because he wrapped his paper towel rolls in tape while he was away to keep mice from chewing them up, Jury said.

Why was he carrying a 9 mm gun when he was arrested? Jury, crying on the stand, said he meant to kill himself with it, but instead chose to “face his demons” after speaking with his brother on the phone.

Baxter asked Jury if everyone in the courtroom was gathered there at Monday's proceedings over just $60—the woman had stolen $100 from Jury, but Jury supposedly owed her $40 for the sexual acts, according to his testimony.

“Pretty much,” Jury replied.

Baxter then grilled Jury on the presence of a freshly-laid tarp on his property. Through his questioning, Baxter insinuated Jury planned to use the tarp to dispose of the woman's body, if he had the opportunity to kill her on Nov. 1.

Jury, however, repeatedly denied the allegations of rape and attempted murder.

Baxter and Jury's attorney, Jack Bradley will present their closing statements today, after which the jury will begin deliberation.

Jurors could decide on a verdict today, but court officials said one may not be reached until later this week.  

Comments

Babo

This is where long time objectification of women through exposure to sadistic bondage pornography leads. This area is known for production of this pornography including live productions for area men's viewing. In fact a former lead producer of these films and shows, Scott Cisco, is presently incarcerated after he kidnapped, raped and tortured a 17 year old girl through bondage.

Local women, invariably drug dependent, are exploited by this industry. Some of them claim that some prominent men in legal, and law enforcement communities are johns and that the industry is protected locally as a result.

I believe that had this case not garnered the publicity due the escape that the case would not have been prosecuted at this level if at all, given the influence of some of the local men who are addicted to bondage porn and or child porn.

Ralph J.

His testimony completely conflicted the statements of a Lorain woman found naked, bound and gagged outside his Strecker Road camper that day. Jury then admitted he bound her limbs—but said he was careful when he stuffed tissues in her mouth to muffle her cries. Jury also said he made sure she could still breathe.
ury later said he sent the victim's phone a “cover-up” text after he learned Erie County deputies were searching for him.
But when Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter told Jury his phone records disproved those statements—deputies called him about 30 minutes after Jury sent that particular text—Jury could offer no explanation. Why was he carrying a 9 mm gun when he was arrested? Jury, crying on the stand, said he meant to kill himself with it, but instead chose to “face his demons” after speaking with his brother on the phone.

IMO, an innocent person would not think to kill themselves over false charges.

tk

These sorry scumbags always clean themselves up to appear in court. They should be made to appear just as they were when arrested.

looking around

He claims this women was providing sexual services for money, my guess would be that if there was any truth to that there would be others that knew of her activity's and also of her habits of stealing anything she might get her hands on. It would not be the first time a prostitute threatened to accuse a john of rape to extract more money. I do think that he went over the top even if that were the case, most would be happy just getting rid of her. If she had no prior history of taking part in these activity's then maybe there is more to the story. You play with fire you get burned. Not that I'm trying to justify his actions by any means....simply pointing out the reality's as to what may have happened.

k9unit

The best advice: watch the situations you put youself into or the situations you could get put into.