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Mays defense begins today
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The prosecution in the case against alleged rapist Cameron Mays rested during Wednesday’s court proceedings.

Prosecutor Mike Ruddick alleged that Mays, on or about June 4, 2012, committed aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Beginning at 9 a.m. today defense attorney James Buckley will begin his portion of the case.

Testimonies during the morning portion of Wednesday’s trial included that of Ruston Police Department investigator Clint Williams, who tied accused rapist Mays to the residence where the victim was allegedly assaulted.

Williams testified that a set of keys was recovered at the crime scene that fit the locks on a trailer house on West Alabama Avenue where Mays was reportedly living at the time the crimes in question were committed.

Also recovered at the scene were an empty condom wrapper, a cigarette butt and a fingerprint on the vehicle, which the victim said she was abducted and forced at gunpoint to withdraw money from an ATM.

After lunch, testimonies by Jessica Esparza and Richard Beighley, of the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory in Shreveport, and Mike Swallow, of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, corroborated the evidence collected was a match to Mays.

Esparza testified that the cigarette butt found at the crime scene had Mays’ DNA on it, Beighley testified the empty condom wrapper found in the home where the assault allegedly took place had Mays’ fingerprints thereupon, and Swallow testified that Mays’ fingerprint was found on the white Mustang that the victim said was used for her abduction.

Williams also testified that Mays’ cellphone contained a text message to Brandon Bonton at about 4 a.m. on June 4, 2012, graphically describing what he had done. Williams added that another text told Bonton that he had a flat-screen TV for sale that matched the description of one of the items listed as stolen.

Other items listed as stolen were recovered, Williams said.

Bonton is also accused as an accessory to various crimes related to this case. His trial is set for September.

Other testimony came from Mays’ cousin Vanessa Mays, who testified she saw Mays at her apartment in the early hours of June 4, 2012. She also said a white Mustang was in the parking lot with someone in the car who appeared to be covered with a blanket.

Vanessa Mays said a day later her cousin made the comment, “I wonder if (the victim) is thinking about me.”

The prosecution asked if Cameron Mays had said that he had sex with the victim, Vanessa Mays said, “yes.”

Wednesday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader stated that the U.S. Attorney’s office was unable to be reached to clarify if a trial would be held in regards to an original charge of first-degree murder against Mays in the death of 63-year-old Susan Hashway.

The U.S. Attorney’s office has verified that a case would not be made for that charge, as well as original charges which included carrying a concealed weapon, possession with intent to distribute scheduled I drugs, possession of stolen properties, probation and parole violation, aggravated burglary (two counts), convicted felon in possession of a fire arm, aggravated rape and aggravated robbery.

If convicted of the current three charges — aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon — Mays faces life in prison without the benefit of parole.

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