Cooper was accused of the rape of his girlfriend’s 16 year old daughter. The incident allegedly occurred overnight on January 29.
In closing arguments, Amanda McCoy with the public defendor’s office pointed out large inconsistencies in the victim’s statements to authorities over the course of the investigation and her testimony in court.
The defense argued that the act was consensual.
Prosecutor, assistant district attorney Ben Kenemer argued before the jurty during closing arguments that it would be natural for a victim of a traumatic event to forget some things or just not want to talk about events.
The trial lastwed all week. The jury got the case Thursday afternoon and deliberated until Thursday evening. They were brought back Friday morning and after deliberating for a short time informed Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris that they were deadlocked. Without saying what direction they were leaning in, the foreperson informed Morris that there were two hold outs.
Morris sent the jury back to continue deliberations.
Before noon the jury came back with a not guilty verdict on all counts.
The case was short on physical evidence although the prosecution introduced more than 60 pieces of evidence, most were photographs.
McCoy pointed out during closing that if there had been a struggle as the victim had said that there would be more injuries noted and that they would be more severe.
“The truth never changes,” McCoy said.
Kenemer said “People lie to get out of trouble, they don’t lie to get into trouble...”
“One word that stuck in my mind more than any other,” Kenemer said, “was worthless.” The victim had testified that she felt worthless.
“she is really afraid of getting caught in her lie,” McCoy said. “Her story has grown ever more dramatic.”
McCoy said the victim said she had tried to fight back but there were no injuries on Cooper who was examined the morning following the alleged incident.
“She knows the evidence doesn’t support her original story,” McCoy said. “She is a troubled teen, her behavior is all attention seeking...to get out of trouble...to get sympathy.”
“Rape victims remember details that she can’t recall,” McCoy said. “Those memories stay with them forever.”
“The only person that can conclusively be called a liar is sitting over there,” Kenemer said to jurors, pointing to Cooper.