Jury dismissed in Watkins case; deliberations set to resume Monday

August 23, 2019 06:15 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The judge has dismissed the jurors in the Kali Watkins trial after they failed to come to a unanimous decision on Friday.

Watkins is accused of raping a 14-year-old player on his JV girls basketball team. He's charged with rape in the first degree and second degree. Closing arguments in the trial wrapped up on Thursday.


The jury will come back on Monday to continue deliberations after they were not able to come to a unanimous decision by 6 p.m.

Today's trial began at 10:30 a.m. but the judge was soon made aware that a member of the jury had mentioned the case to a different attorney outside of court. The juror was replaced by an alternate and deliberations restarted.

Since that time the jury has made a request to see some of the pictures of the locker room and the benches inside of it. This is the area where the alleged rape took place. They also asked to see the gym schedule and Kali Watkins' cell phone records from that day.

They spent the latter part of the day reviewing that evidence but weren't able to come to a conclusion.

During closing arguments, Watkins' defense attorney said there is no evidence to prove the alleged rape ever happened. The prosecution argued it's not unreasonable for a girl to not remember the exact time she was raped.

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