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Williams v. State
Citation:681 N.E.2d 195 (Ind. 1997).
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Victim was working as a topless dancer in a nightclub, and in the early morning asked defendants for a ride home. Williams told the victim they needed to make a stop, instead of driving her home, and the car stopped in an alley. Williams attempted to exit the vehicle, but was pulled back into the car. The vehicle was then parked at a public park, when the two defendants ordered victim to perform sexual acts on them at gunpoint. Despite having her pant leg taken off by Edmondson, victim was able to free herself, grab the handgun, and fired at Edmondson as she was fleeing the vehicle, striking him in the jaw.
The trial court excluded testimony regarding Victim’s prior acts of prostitution in exchange for money and cocaine under Indiana’s Rape Shield Rule, barring the co-defendants’ defense of consent.
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