Prosecution ents testimony in rape trial
The prosecution finished with its witnesses Thursday and the defense began trying to establish an alibi for Robert Eoff, the man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.
The prosecution’s last witness, a friend of the girl’s mother, testified that she saw Eoff, 41, on the street of the girl’s residence in Meyers three times on Feb. 10 – one of the days in question. Eoff is also accused of entering the girl’s home on Feb. 12. The girl testified that Eoff, a close relative, came in both times unannounced into her bedroom and forced her to have intercourse.
Robin Hennessy told the court that she saw Eoff’s truck parked in the driveway of the home around 9:30 a.m. and when she approached the truck she saw Eoff in the driver’s seat.
“He was looking toward the upstairs of the house,” Hennessy said, adding later that when Eoff noticed her he tried to pull out of the driveway.
Hennessy said she was suspicious of the truck because she knew Eoff wasn’t suppose to be near the home because of a restraining order against him.
Hennessy said that before noon she saw Eoff’s truck again parked up the street from the alleged victim’s house, and then again later that day traveling on the street.
The prosecution and the defense also stipulated to the evidence that on Feb. 26, a medical exam was performed on the girl and the findings were consistent with sexual intercourse. It was also entered into the court record that the girl has had consensual intercourse with her boyfriend.
The defense brought forth two longtime acquaintances of Eoff from Santa Barbara, who testified that they met with Eoff on Feb. 11 at the Grover Hot Springs outside of Markleeville around 4 p.m. They also said they stayed with him to have dinner in Markleeville until around 7:30 p.m. when Eoff left.
Eoff was also informed that there were avocados at a ranch near Santa Barbara which were available for him to pick up.
John Collins, the owner of the home where Eoff was living, testified that he saw Eoff on the morning of Feb. 11 and then didn’t see him again until around 2 to 3 a.m. on Feb. 13. Collins said on the morning of Feb. 13 he saw a large amount of avocados in the back of Eoff’s pickup truck.
On cross-examination by the prosecution Collins also admitted that he actively worked on an alibi in Eoff’s case.
Judge Jerald Lasarow called a recess around 3 p.m. and excused the jurors for the weekend. The trial is set to resume Tuesday at 9 a.m.
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