Jury to receive rape case today
by Jessica Loeding
Nov 16, 2012 | 2931 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Both sides rested Thursday in Bartow County Superior Court Judge Carey Nelson’s courtroom in a case centered around a 2011 rape.

Prosecuting attorneys Rosemary Greene and Mickey Thacker called to the stand law enforcement and expert witnesses, along with two of Jerry Jerome Kilgore’s alleged victims, before resting about 3:30 p.m.

Kilgore was 17 at the time he allegedly raped a woman in her Alexandria Landing apartment in the early hours of July 14, 2011, and then threatened to rape a woman in her home on Aug. 9, 2011. He also is accused of attempted robbery and assault on a woman in her vehicle at Pine Grove Church near Dellinger Park on Aug. 5, 2011.

He faces 23 counts — a 24th count will not be sent to the jury after the defense was granted a motion it be removed. The count stemmed from the attempted robbery and assault on Aug. 5. The defense argued the charge of entering an automobile with felony intent to commit sexual assault was not supported by the evidence presented.

On Thursday, the victims in the Aug. 9 incident took the stand.

A black male allegedly entered the woman’s Pine Grove Road residence demanding money. When the woman told the man she had no money and her daughter was asleep in the home, he threatened to rape her and began stabbing her, causing non-life threatening injuries to her arm.

Both the woman and her daughter escaped and ran to a neighbor for help.

An official with the sexual assault center that treated the alleged rape victim also took the stand Thursday, saying DNA taken from the victim matched that of Kilgore.

After the state rested, the defense filed a motion for a directed verdict from the court, which Nelson denied, saying the evidence was enough to send the case to the jury.

The defense called to the stand Kilgore’s mother and sister late Thursday.

The 15-year-old sister testified that Kilgore had been home until the early morning hours of July 14 when the alleged rape occurred.

A Facebook post from Kilgore’s account time stamped 2:07 a.m. July 14, 2011, was admitted into evidence by the defense. The alleged rape took place after 2 a.m., according to the victim, who testified Wednesday.

The defense rested just before 5 p.m.

Closing arguments will begin this morning with the jury expected to begin deliberations around noon.