Attorneys for two Ohio high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl have withdrawn motions to dismiss the case after a judge determined the girl and two friends would be compelled to testify.
The trial began this morning in juvenile court in eastern Ohio. The defense sought dismissal after a West Virginia judge initially rejected requests that the girl and two other juveniles from there be called to testify in Ohio. The judge reversed that ruling late Tuesday after having a hearing on the matter. The players' attorneys say the juveniles' testimony could bolster the defense. The case has brought unprecedented attention to Steubenville through social media and online criticism that others should have been charged.