Steubenville teen rape trial focuses on intoxication

Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the trial of two high school football players

accused of raping a 16-year-old girl

are focusing on the alleged victim's level of intoxication and whether she consented to sex.

On Wednesday, witnesses, at times, gave conflicting accounts of the girl's condition at a party last August, with some saying she could barely walk and others testifying that she was sober enough to brush off friends who wanted her to leave.

Trent Mays, 16, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, both standout football players for the Steubenville Big Red, were arrested after the girl's parents went to authorities alleging their daughter had been raped. The case against the athletes alleges they kidnapped the drunk girl by taking her to several parties while she was in an almost unconscious state. They are said to have carried her around for most of the night as their "personal rape toy," repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

The incident has grown into a complex ring of alleged cover-ups and

online hacking

. In January, the hacktivist group, Anonymous, released a chilling video showing teens making jokes about the alleged August 2012 rape.



The juvenile court trial continues Thursday before Judge Thomas Lipps, who is hearing it without a jury.

The prosecution this week is expected to call three teenage boys who saw the alleged attack. Defense attorneys could call the West Virginia girl who is the alleged victim.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)