Teen eyewitness testifies at Ohio rape trial
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A teenager who was granted immunity from prosecution has testified he saw a friend perform a sexual act on a 16-year-old girl after a party in eastern Ohio last summer.
The judge granted 17-year-old Mark Cole immunity Friday in Jefferson County juvenile court before he testified at the trial of two high school football players charged with raping the West Virginia girl.
Testimony from three teenage boys who watched the alleged attacks is a crucial part of the state's evidence because the girl says she doesn't remember what happened.
Cole testified that he recorded part of the encounter but later deleted the video because he realized he'd done "something stupid and wrong."
The two teenage defendants, Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond, maintain their innocence in the Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl) case.