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Florida Teen Rape

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The attorney for a Florida man says
her client admits raping a woman at a public housing complex in
Florida two years ago, but denies taking part in more than a dozen
other acts during what prosecutors call a brutal assault.

Tommy Lee Poindexter is charged with 14 counts in the 2007 gang
rape and beating of a mother and the sexual assault of her young
son. His public defender acknowledged at the start of Poindexter's
trial today that DNA evidence will link him to the woman's rape.
But during her opening statement, the attorney Haughwout told
jurors there was no proof that Poindexter was present during other
parts of the attack.

Authorities allege that 10 masked teens attacked the woman and
her son. A second teen is being tried with Poindexter, but in front
of a separate jury. A third teen is scheduled to be tried next
month, while a fourth person has pleaded guilty and has agreed to
testify.
Police are also looking for others who may have drifted in and
out of the apartment to participate in the attack.


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