On Wednesday, the retrial began for a Georgia man whose defense against accusations of raping a woman were that he is too attractive to have committed the crime.
In 2011, Darrious Mathis was accused of kidnapping, robbing, and raping a 24-year-old woman.
The woman claims Mathis abducted her from a CVS pharmacy at gunpoint. He forced her to drive away from the CVS, and proceeded to rape her. Along the way, he reportedly forced her to stop at various ATMs and take out money.
“He had told me to get in the car and I actually begged him to take my car,” she recalled. “I had pushed my wallet that was in my hand and my keys toward him and I was like ‘Please take my car. You can take my cards and everything.”
The woman said that she had attempted to keep herself from panicking and getting hurt.
The defense tells a different story: they claim that the woman was attracted to Mathis’ good looks, and that she voluntarily left CVS with him in the middle of the night to have a sexual affair.
Mathis’ lawyer has also stated that the victim wanted to buy drugs from Mathis. Attorney Carter Clayton alleges that Mathis walked up to her and offered to sell her Vicodin, to which she responded, “Sure”, told him to get in the car, and told him they would go to an ATM.
The trial was first heard last September. After nearly four days of deliberations, one member of the first jury refused to join the 11 other jurors who believed that Mathis was guilty, prompting the Cobb County judge to declare it a mistrial.
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