Testimony to continue in former Broncos trial
February 29, 2012
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox is the first witness in a trial that could send him to prison for life.
The woman testified Tuesday about the night of the alleged assault in September 2010. Jurors also heard audio from a phone call the woman made to Cox while police listened, the Denver Post reported (http://bit.ly/y7KoQM).
The woman, whose name is not being published by The Associated Press because she’s an alleged victim of a sexual assault, is expected to continue her testimony Wednesday.
Cox has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault while the victim was physically helpless, and one count of sexual assault while the victim was incapable of determining the nature of the conduct. He faces two years to life in prison if convicted.
The woman testified that she had no recollection that she had been sexually assaulted in Cox’s apartment over the Labor Day weekend in 2010. She told jurors in Douglas County District Court that she suspected she had been drugged, because she has a high tolerance for alcohol, did not drink that much that night, and doesn’t recall many details of that night, including walking up the stairs to Cox’s apartment.
She testified she remembered “fooling around” with Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was at a nightclub with Cox and his girlfriend and went to Cox’s apartment that night.
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“When I woke up, I felt funny,” she told jurors.
She contacted authorities on Oct. 28, 2010, after she learned she was pregnant. Cox, Thomas and Cassius Vaughn, Cox’s roommate at the time who said he was asleep in the apartment that night, all submitted DNA samples.
Authorities arrested Cox after his DNA matched a sample taken from the woman.
Douglas County District Judge Paul King told the potential jurors during jury selection earlier in the day that witnesses may also include Thomas, Vaughn and linebacker Wesley Woodyard, as well as several doctors.
In an opening statement, Cox’s defense attorney, Harvey Steinberg, disputed prosecutors’ version of events.
Steinberg said Cox was out with his girlfriend that night, and that the victim was interested in Thomas.
“At no time did Mr. Cox show any interest in her romantically,” Steinberg said. “The DNA is not the entire picture.”