Sexual Assault Retrial Ends, Jury Still Deliberating

FAIRBANKS, Alaska Retrial for a man accused of sexual assault wrapped up Friday with closing arguments from both sides heard by the jury.
Jondean Willock was sentanced in 2012 to 35 years for a sexual assault conviction.
An appeals court overturned the conviction because the prosecution's original testimony included information about a prior sex assault conviction Willock had served.
At this trial, the prosecution will have to prove that Willock is guilty without the jury knowing of past criminal activity.
Retrial for a man accused of sexual assault wrapped up today with closing arguments from both sides heard by the jury.
The defense claims that the state's main argument is to take the victim at her word.

"Take her word even though her recounting of events differs over time, about some very key facts,” said Justin Racette, Willocks public defender. “Take her word dispite the states investigation was not particularly thorough. It failed to consider the possibility that maybe Mr. Willock didn't commit the assualt that they alledged he did. Take her word dispite the fact that the physical and scientific evidence is not at all consistant with what she said happened."

The state countered these claims by saying the evidence is there from medical exams, and testimony from law enforcement.

"They're giving you a strawman, because if you focus on that you ignore all the other evidence," Risa Leonard, Assistant District Attorney said.

The jury has yet to reach a verdict, they will resume deliberation on Monday.