Jury to get prep school rape case, weigh credibility

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a former student charged with raping a freshman girl days before he graduated from an elite New Hampshire prep school will soon have to weigh whether the defendant is telling the truth when he says no intercourse occurred during their heated encounter.

Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, was an 18-year-old senior at St. Paul’s School when a 15-year-old girl accused him of raping her on campus last year as part of Senior Salute, a school tradition in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving campus.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday.

Labrie acknowledged that he told multiple close friends within hours of the encounter that he’d had sex with the girl, but told jurors Wednesday he lied to impress them. He also admitted deleting several Facebook exchanges, including one in which he told…

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