May 23, 2013
The Albemarle Co. abduction trial is now in it's thrid day of testimony.
Barboursville resident Mark Weiner is accused of felony abduction with intent to defile a 20-year-old Charlottesville woman.
Weiner will testifyin court later this afternoon.
Yesterday the jury heard testimony from law enforcement and forensic examiners, but confusion from one testimony caused the Commonweath's attorney to ask that it be removed.
The trial continued this morning at 9 am. The Commonwealth Attorney tried to figure out if the expert testimony from a cell phone examiner was accurate in determining the location of the text messages that were sent from the victim's cell phone during the alleged abduction.
The Judge threw out part of the testimony from the forensic expert about the location of the text messages, because the detective was not an expert on cell phone towers. But the detective did have expert knowledge on cell phones, so his testimony was heard by the jury later this morning.
The alleged incident took place in December. The 20-year-old alleged victim, who testified in court on Tuesday, said she was leaving the Charlottesville home of her boyfriend to go to her mother's home on Pantops in Albemarle County around 11:30 p.m.
When she was walking along East Market Street, Weiner allegedly approached her in the Lucky 7 parking lot and offered a ride. The two did not know each other before.
The alleged victim testified Weiner drove past her mother's home, began rubbing her leg, drugged her and took her to an abandoned house on Richmond Road in Albemarle County. The jury also saw text messages from Weiner's phone to the alleged victim's boyfriend, saying things like "she's sexy when she's passed out" and "I'm going to warm her up."
She testified she was able to escape from the home later by jumping off a second-floor balcony.
The jury trial will continue this afternoon.