Jury Deliberations Begin for McAllister Trial

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A Franklin County Jury is deciding the fate of a former Vermont State Senator.

As a warning before this story does contain graphic content.

On day three of his trial, Norm McAllister took the stand to defend himself against charges of sexual assault and prohibited acts.

The state claims McAllister assaulted a woman in exchange for housing, McAllister defense team painted her as a liar.

On Friday, McAllister went under oath, while he was on the witness stand his attorney Robert Katims played an audio recording between McAllister and the alleged victim before his arrest.

This was the third time the jury has heard the tape in a week. McAllister and the woman are heard on the phone call discussing their sexual relationship, at one point he says he will “Think about stopping a sexual act that she says hurts her”.

McAllister says he didn’t know what but acknowledges the relationship had become less intimate and the alleged victim’s behavior has changed.

“Didn’t like the way it was going, didn’t like feeling like I was forcing somebody to be with me,” said McAllister.

During closing arguments, prosecutors outlined graphic details about the alleged relationship. McAllister’s defense team argues that the relationship was consensual.

Defense Attorney Katims focused on the alleged victim’s ex-husband, arguing that she lied about her relationship with McAllister because if her ex-husband knew it was consensual he would of abused her.

“We need her to provide the facts and the circumstances of what happened and she’s not, in any way shape or form, a witness you can rely on. She admits it herself,” said Katims.

“She cried out in pain, she cried, she protested, told him she didn’t want to do it, and (inaudible) and said good girl, and kept at it,” said John Lavoie, Franklin County Deputy State’s Attorney.

During the state’s rebuttal, Deputy State’s Attorney Lavoie argued McAllister chose a “vulnerable” victim on purpose.

Local 22 & Local 44 will update this story once the jury has made a decision.

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