The trial of a Terre Haute man got underway Monday afternoon. 24 year old Rakim Marquis Hughes faces 5 felonies, including attempted rape.
Hughes faces charges of attempted rape, criminal deviate conduct, intimidation, criminal confinement and strangulation. He’s also charged as a repeat sex offender
The victim claims she went to the Days Inn to see a friend, and that’s when she came into contact with Hughes. After her friend left, she says Hughes made advances towards her that she refused.
The defense painted a much different picture. Attorney Paul Jungers says he’ll point to a lack of physical evidence by the state, no knife, no rape kit, no DNA, no fingerprints… only the victim’s statement.