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Former defendant takes stand in NJ webcam spy case

By Geoff Mulvihill

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Feb. 27 2012 12:05 p.m. MST

Molly Wei testifies during the trial of Dharun Ravi at the Middlesex County Courthouse on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 in New Brunswick, N.J. Ravi is accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, intimate encounter with another man. Days later Clementi committed suicide. Ravi, 19, faces 15 criminal charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in state prison.

The Star-Ledger,, John O'Boyle, Pool, Associated Press

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Jurors in the webcam spying trial of a former Rutgers University student are hearing from another student initially charged in the case.

Molly Wei (way) is testifying for the state against Dharun Ravi (dah-ROON' RAH'-vee), who is charged with invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and other crimes.

Authorities say Ravi used a webcam to spy on roommate Tyler Clementi days before Clementi committed suicide.

Wei was initially charged but entered a program that allowed her to avoid a criminal record. Truthful testimony was one condition for being in the program.

She told jurors Monday that she and Ravi initially said they wouldn't tell anyone that they had seen a few seconds of images of Clementi and another man kissing — but later told people.

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