The jury in the second Central Park jogger case began deliberations Friday, trying to determine whether two teenage defendants raped the woman runner or whether, as they contend, were tricked into confessing.
Kharey Wise, 18, and Kevin Richardson, 16, are accused of rape, sodomy and trying to kill the 30-year-old investment banker April 19, 1989, and with assault, robbery and riot on two male joggers.Earlier this year, three teens were convicted of raping the woman and sentenced to five to 10 years in jail. The case raised a national outcry because of the brutality of the attack.
The jury began its deliberations after receiving instructions from Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Thomas Galligan on the law.
The central issue in the defense has been the way the confessions of the defendants were obtained. Defense lawyers have argued that the statements made by Wise and Richardson were coerced and that detectives told them what to say.
The center piece of the prosecution case are the videotape confessions and signed statements in which the defendants admit being at the scene of the brutal attack.
If convicted of all 13 counts, Richardson would be sentenced to a maximum five to 10 years in prison as a juvenile. Wise, who was 16 at the time of the attack, would be sentenced as an adult and could receive 57 years in prison.