Transcript for Jury Begins Deliberation in NH Prep School Rape Trial
We move on to that high-profile rape case at the elite prep school in new Hampshire. The jury heading back for deliberations this morning after closing arguments on Thursday. The credibility of both the alleged attacker and his alleged victim being called into question and ABC's gio Benitez is on the story. Reporter: This morning, the jury deliberates for a second day and 19-year-old Owen Labrie's fate is now in their hands after being accused of raping a 15-year-old girl last year. The defense placing blame on that elite New Hampshire prep school right at the start of closing arguments. St. Paul's school failed the children with their attitude toward senior salute. The so-called senior salute, a current school tradition where graduating seniors spend time with younger students, sometimes intimately and Labrie allegedly taking the victim to a dark room in the science building where prosecutors say he sexually assaulted her but the defense claims she lied about that encounter to protect herself when rumors started. She had to make the decision whether it would be her reputation that was going to go into the toilet or Owen's and she took the easier choice. Reporter: The prosecution saying Labrie had only one thing on his mind that night. This someone was going to get what he wanted and not take no for an answer. Reporter: Labrie testified that he was lying to his friends when he bragged about having sex with the girl writing in one Facebook message he used every trick in the book. He had to confuse and manipulate a 15-year-old girl to get what he wanted. You only need tricks if someone says no. Reporter: Labrie telling the jury there was no sex. If convicted, Labrie could potentially spend 60 years in prison. The jury deliberating here for 3 1/2 hours yesterday. They'll be right back at it this morning, robin. We know you'll be there, gio, thank you.
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