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Ernest Willis Rape Trial Continues Into 4th Day
News 9's Andy Hershberger Providing Updates From Court
Ernest Willis was back on the stand today in his trial. He is accused of raping and impregnating a 15-year-old fellow church member in 1997. Live Updates Day 1: Willis Trial Live Updates Day 2: Willis Trial Live Updates Day 3: Willis Trial
by Kevin Clay/Staff at Thursday, May 26, 2011 13:12:59

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Start of trial slightly delayed.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 10:14:43

Lawyers making argument that defenant's testimony opens door to previously excluded testimony.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 10:58:56

Can you share any new updates?
by Rhonda Whiting at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:15:13

Tina Anderson returning to witness stand out of presence of jury to establish foundation for testimony about Willis' character, including statements that he offered to punch her in the stomach when she was pregnant or take her to a state where abortions were legal.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:23:12

Anderson says Willis offered to take her to another state where abortions were legal and offered to punch her in the stomach in an effort to end pregnancy.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:24:39

Defense questioning Anderson about her memory surrounding time she told Willis she was pregnant.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:27:25

Anderson testiffying that she doesn't remember telling people close to her about Willis offering to get her an abortion.

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by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:32:06

Judge Lawrence Smuckler to allow questioning of Willis about whether he offered to get her an abortion or punch her in the stomach to end pregnancy. Willis expected to go back on stand after short break.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:37:07

Cross examination continues with Willis on stand.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:48:32

Willis testifies that he never offered to take Anderson out of state for an abortion and never offered to punch her in the stomach in an effort to end pregnancy.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:53:48

Willis is off the stand. Defense rests. State to call Anderson as rebuttal witness.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:54:13

Anderson back on stand.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:55:12

Anderson tearfully testifies that Willis offered to pay for an abortion in another state and he also offered to punch her in the stomach to cause a miscarrage. Anderson also says Willis appeared shocked at the positive result of a home pregnancy test.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:58:36

Cross exam of Anderson as rebuttal witness.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:59:23

Defense lawyer Donna Brown points out that when Anderson told same story 15 minutes ago out of presence of jury she was not crying. Now on the stand, in presence of the jury, she is crying and her voice is cracking.
by Andy Hershberger edited by Kirk Enstrom/Staff at Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:02:59

Attorney Brown points out that Anderson can remember few other details around the time she broke the news to Willis that she was pregnant other than he offered to take her for an abortion and punch her in the stomach.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:09:46

Defense asks court reporter to play back Anderson's testimony from hearing earlier this morning where she testified only before the judge and she was not crying, like she was when she told her story to the jury.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:14:18

Jury hears previoiusly recorded testimony by Anderson made prior to jury being called into court.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:17:32

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Anderson says she wasn't faking the tears. Both sides rest. Time for lunch.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:21:29

Thanks for your updates Andy!
by BrewCity_Fisk at Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:24:46

Andy, thank you .This is a great way to be a part of the trial.
by jeanniemarie at Thursday, May 26, 2011 13:12:50

Closing arguments begin. Defense first.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 13:44:00

Defense lawyer Donna Brown says alleged victim's story keeps changing.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 13:47:10

Defense says a conviction based on sympathy for the victim 'will add another wrong to this case'.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 13:50:18

Defense - 'Tina was not forced to have sex.'
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 13:52:42

Defense says the testimony that makes the most sense is Ernest Willis.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:05:09

Defense says Tina Anderson looks back and thinks she must have said 'no', but she didn't. Not guilty is the only just verdict.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:09:51

State closings say Anderson didn't need to get involved with this case 14 years later, but she did.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:10:29

State says this is about force and frequency.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:12:00

State says a child was conceived because of the sexual assaults and Willis can't deny everything.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:15:26

State says tina Anderson got no help from her family and her church when she became pregnant back in 1997.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:22:31

State says fear is a reason to keep a secret and Tina Anderson kept her secret out of fear.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:27:20

State says Anderson came forward so other victims would

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not be silent.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:29:18

State says when it comes down to the issues of force and frequency, the two most important issues in this trial, Tina Anderson is believeable.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:44:13

State concludes saying this secret has gone on for too long.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:44:42

Judge is now instructing jury on matters of law.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:44:58

Jury retires to deliberate.
by Andy Hershberger at Thursday, May 26, 2011 15:20:17

The jury is now deliberating. Sign up for our breaking news alerts to know when they come to a verdict: sign up here
by Kevin Clay/Staff at Thursday, May 26, 2011 15:32:21

The jury has been sent home for the day. They'll return tomorrow at 9 am.
by Kevin Clay/Staff at Thursday, May 26, 2011 16:00:16

Thanks for joining.
by Kevin Clay/Staff at Thursday, May 26, 2011 16:00:37

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