Jury begins deliberations in rape case

2014-03-06T20:20:00Z 2014-03-06T21:48:12Z Jury begins deliberations in rape caseTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 06, 2014 8:20 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A jury on Thursday began deliberating in a case against a Hammond man accused of rape and criminal deviate conduct.

Anthony Thornton, 23, was one of three men who offered a woman a ride in Harvey in July, court documents state. Instead of taking her to the address she gave, the three took her to Thornton’s apartment in Hammond, according to court records.

There, the three repeatedly raped her over several hours before putting her in the trunk of Thornton’s car and letting her go at the CVS pharmacy in the 6400 block of Calumet Avenue early in the morning of July 28, court documents state.

Thornton’s trial began Monday. Among the witnesses who testified were the woman, police officers and a forensic scientist from the Indiana State Police crime lab in Lowell.

Rebecca Tobey, of the crime lab, testified Thursday that Thornton’s DNA was not found on items from the rape kit or any swabs taken at his apartment or his car.

The defense rested the case without calling Thornton to the stand.

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