Ex-Con Found Guilty of Torturing NY Grad Student


PlusEx-Con Found Guilty of Torturing NY Grad StudentEx-Con Found Guilty of Torturing NY Grad StudentThe Associated PressAn ex-convict has been found guilty of raping and torturing a Columbia University graduate student over 19 nightmarish hours. (June 24)This man —31-year-old Robert Williams was found guilty Tuesday— of raping and torturing a Columbia University graduate.The ex-convict was pronounced guilty in a Manhattan courtroom on 44 of 46 counts.The verdict followed a gruesome trial that included dramatic testimony from the victim. She tearfully recalled how the attack was so agonizing that she begged her tormentor to kill her.Prosecutors had argued the victim’s I-D of her attacker in court was all the proof needed to convict Williams…D-N-A evidence and eyewitness accounts—prosecutors called— ‘icing on the cake.’The graduate student memorized virtually every distinguishing feature of her attacker including his scars and gold tooth during her nearly 19 hour ordeal. The defense attorney told jurors during closing arguments that whoever attacked the woman has a mind that doesn’t work in a rational way.Williams now faces the possibility of life in prison — ___ ___, The Associated Press. ___ ___, The Associated Press.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE:————————-VIDEO PRODUCER:——————————VIDEO SOURCE:————————–VIDEO APPROVAL:——————————VIDEO RESTRICTIONS:———————————-SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:


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