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Victim testifies in sexual assault trial of former Baylor football player

Posted at 8:31 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 21:31:44-05

WACO, TX — The woman who accused a former Baylor University football player of raping her testified in his trial on Wednesday.

Shawn Oakman was indicted on the sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman on April 3, 2016.

The former Baylor University graduate student, who cried during her testimony, faced the jury while avoiding any eye contact with the defendant.

The now 25-year-old woman who testified she was drunk when the incident happened said she only remembered some of the visuals of that night.

She said she went to Cricket's and Scruffy Murphy's, two Waco bars, with two close friends before ending up at Oakman's house.

The victim remembers Oakman holding her up on the porch area because she couldn't stand on her own. She said he then led her into his bedroom specifically toward his bed.

She said her next memory is putting her clothes back on and rinsing herself off in the bathroom.

"I just knew it wasn't right," the victim confessed.

Defense Attorney Alan Bennett who showed texts of the victim inviting Oakman to meet her at Scruffy Murphy's said both had consensual sex at his home after that.

The victim said she started to feel pain hours after that when she was at Providence Hospital undergoing a sexual assault forensic exam. At that time, she reported her pain being five in a zero to 10 scale.

Waco police officer Danny Pilgrim who responded to the reported sexual assault was the first witness to take the stand in the trial on Wednesday.

Pilgrim said when he met the victim at the hospital, she was shaking when he arrived. The officer said the victim told him, Oakman, sexually assaulted her multiple times and grabbed her around her throat.

He said the victim had redness on her left arm and both hands.

Defense Attorney Alan Bennett asked Pilgrim if he asked about the origin of the redness and he replied no.

Bennett also asked if the victim mentioned having text exchanges with Oakman and Pilgrim said no.

Michelle Davis, a sexual assault nurse examiner, who conducted the exam on the victim said she had lacerations, redness, bleeding and bruising.

Davis told the jury the victim told her Oakman put her head into his bed and raped her several times. She added she didn't feel threatened by Oakman but felt she couldn't leave his home.

A friend of the victim who was with her at Scruffy Murphy's that night told the jury she saw her talking to Oakman. The witness said it wasn't out of the ordinary because they were friends and had a sexual relationship a year prior.

Alisha Duvall, one of the victim's friends who was with her that night, didn't recall seeing her leave the bar.

Bennett showed text messages between Duvall and the victim, during which she stated it was OK for them to go back home without her.

The victim said she doesn't recall sending those messages but she said they were on her phone.

Duvall recalls checking on the victim and receiving a call from her stating she was trying to find her way back home.

When she made it to the house, Duvall said the victim had her shirt inside out, was missing an earring and was carrying her shoes.

After the victim told Duvall and another friend about the incident, they took her to the hospital.

Duvall who cried on the stand said her best friend went from being happy to not wanting to live anymore.

"It seemed like her life had been sucked out of her," Duvall said.

Duvall said the victim was afraid of reporting the rape at first because Oakman was a football player.

The victim describes becoming depressed and paranoid after the incident happened.

The trial will resume Thursday morning at 9 a.m.