FAIRBANKS, Alaska Mark King took the stand today in his ongoing trial to dispute claims that he committed sexual abuse of a minor.
Mark King took the stand today in his ongoing trial to dispute claims that he committed sexual abuse of a minor.
King, who has a significant stutter from a stroke he suffered, passionately told the jury that he would never think about doing the things he is accused of.
“I couldn’t believe I was being accused of such a thing. That’s not me, that’s not who I am, that’s not who I was raised to live my life to be. This was simply not something I could do,” said King.
The state called two witnesses to the stand including one of the alleged victims.
The victim claims that the abuse started with a game of truth or dare while she and the defendant were drinking and continued for several months.
After the victim testified, the state rested their case.
The defense gave a brief opening statement and then called two character witnesses to dispute the accusations against King.
Then King took the stand. Saying he understands the charges against him and that they are, “very disgusting charges.”
He admitted to playing drinking games with the victims and some of their friends, and said that he realizes it was wrong, but that he would never even think about doing the things he is accused with.
The defense also called into question some of the State’s evidence. The victim claimed that King bought her things from an adult store. Investigators found a bag from the store in King’s house, but King and another witness says the bag was from when they went to the store for fun and only bought lollipops. The defense says the bag would be too small to put the items King allegedly bought into it.
Judge Temple ended the day before the defense finished questioning King. King will finish testifying and the state will cross examine him tomorrow. Then closing arguments will be held and the jury will begin deliberation.