Closing arguments wrap up in rape trial of former Webster teacher, coach

August 22, 2019 08:28 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Closing arguments wrapped up Thursday evening in the trial gainst a former Webster teacher and coach charged with rape.

Kali Watkins is accused of raping a 14-year-old player on his JV girls basketball team.


During his closing statement defense attorney Jon Getz questioned the validity of the prosecutions arguments.

"There is not one shred of independent evidence to corroborate (the victim's) story," said Getz. "Details that should be engrained in a person, were totally lacking."

However, his biggest gripe was with a dog named Kota.

That's a reference to the alibi that Watkins provided. A vet appointment for that dog he had the date of the alleged rape. However, prosecutors say that appointment ended at 3:23 p.m. and there was still a window of time when he could have committed the crime.

"It's not unreasonable to think a 14-year old girl would not remember the exact time she was raped," argued ADA Meredith Vacca.

She went on to say Watkins "knew what he was going to do, this was planned. I submit to you that he put the condom on before he came into the room."

The judge will give the jury instructions first thing on Friday morning, then jury deliberations will begin.

News10NBC's Jennifer Lewke is covering the trial.  You can follow her on Twitter for live updates durng all court proceedings.


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