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Here’s the afternoon update on principal’s rape case

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on June 26, 2007 at 6:11 pm with No Comments »
June 26, 2007 6:11 pm

Prosecutors got their crack at Daryl Wright after lunch.

Deputy prosecutor Lori Kooiman pointed out at least three cases where his testimony on the stand contradicted statements he’d given investigators from the Bethel School District back in 2004 when it investigated the alleged rape. Wright worked for the district at the time as an administrative intern.

One concerned what he was drinking that night. Daryl Wright told school investigators he’d been drinking beer late on Jan. 30 and in the early-morning hours of Jan. 31. He said on the stand Tuesday he’d drunk rum-and-Coke.

Another concerned whether he’d gotten out of the car when the group stopped for beer at a gas station on their way from the Puyallup bar where they met to the townhouse where the alleged rape occurred.

Daryl Wright told school investigators he’d remained in his car during that stop. On the stand Tuesday, he said he’d gotten out and gone in to the station, possibly to buy condoms.

The third contradiction pointed out by Kooiman concerned whether Daryl Wright saw his brother, Harold Wright Jr., on the ground floor of the townhouse in the minutes after Daryl said he and Stefanie Fincham had sex.

He told the school district he hadn’t seen his brother then. He said otherwise on the stand Tuesday.

When pressed by Kooiman on the discrepancies, Daryl Wright testified Tuesday that he remembers more about the event now than he did when he gave his statement to school district investigators three years ago.

Defense attorney Rob Freeby then called Jerry McClurkin to the stand.

It was McClurkin’s townhouse where the alleged rape took place.

McClurkin originally was charged in the case, but prosecutors dismissed the charges for lack of evidence.

A childhood friend of Richy Carter and Daryl Wright, McClurkin described how they all got together, along with Harold Wright Jr., the night of Jan. 30 and ran into the alleged victim and her friends at a Puyallup bar.

After the bar closed, the party adjourned to his house, McClurkin said.

Drink flowed, music played and he and the alleged victim began to make out, he said.

At one point, McClurkin testified, they went upstairs for some privacy, and he removed the woman’s sweater and tank tops with her consent. They continued “touching and petting and groping” each other before she decided she wanted to go back downstairs to “check on her friends,” McClurkin said.

She did not put her tops back on before doing so, he said.

Once downstairs, the alleged victim began “dirty dancing” in the livingroom, McClurkin said, before heading back upstairs with him a second time.

On this trip, they went into a room with a bed and continued making out with each other, he said.

It wasn’t long before there was a knock on the door and Carter poked his head in, McClurkin testified.

Carter made a joke of some kind before walking over to the bed, McClurkin said.

The alleged victim and Carter then began kissing, he said.

Carter’s attorney, Robert Freeby, asked McClurkin what he did then.

“It basically turns into Richy and (the alleged victim’s) make-out session,” he testified. “I’m the odd man out. So I leave the room.”

Freeby asked McClurkin if the alleged victim seemed opposed to what was happening.

“Not at all,” McClurkin testified.

He is expected back on the stand Wednesday morning and may face cross-examination by prosecutors before the day is done.

See posts below for other reports on this trial.

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