Boy's Rape, Killing Described at Trial

Associated Press

A 13-year-old boy was sedated, restrained and gagged with his own underwear and duct tape, then raped repeatedly before he suffocated, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday.

In his opening statement, prosecutor Bob Balfe said Jesse Dirkhising had been restrained on a bed before dying in the assault on Sept. 26, 1999.

If convicted, Joshua Macabe Brown, 23, could be sentenced to death. His roommate, Davis Don Carpenter, 39, described in a police report as Brown's lover, is also charged with capital murder and his trial is scheduled for May.

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