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White v. Illinois
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- Parties: Identifies the cast of characters involved in the case.
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Just past midnight, Tom DeVore (DeVore) heard 4-year-old S.G. (Victim) scream; DeVore was Victim’s babysitter, and went to Victim’s room after hearing the scream. At trial, DeVore testified that when he arrived at Victim’s room, he saw Petitioner, who DeVore knew to be a friend of Victim’s mother, leaving Victim’s room. DeVore also testified that, when he asked Victim what had happened, Victim indicated that Petitioner had, “choked her,” and, “touched her in the wrong places,” which Victim then indicated was her vaginal area. Victim’s mother Tammy Grigsby (Grigsby) also testified at trial, and stated that Victim had bruises and red marks on her that night and that Victim told her Petitioner had, “put his mouth on her front part.” Officer Terry Lewis (Lewis) was called to the house the night of the events, and also testified at trial; Lewis testified to the jury that Victim’s statements to him matched what Grigsby and DeVore had testified to. Victim was taken to the hospital that night, and examined there; two medical examiners, one nurse and one doctor, also testified at trial, indicating that Victim gave an account that was, “essentially identical to the one she had given DeVore, Grigsby, and Lewis.”
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