SPM’s Trial

7 May

Rapper’s Sexual Assault Trial Begins

Opening Arguments Set For Tuesday

POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2002
UPDATED: 4:43 pm CDT May 6, 2002
Jury selection began Monday in the sexual assault trial for Carlos Coy, 31, the rap artist known as South Park Mexican.

He’s charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl, a friend of his daughter’s.
Coy was arrested in September. Since then, several other young victims have come forward to accuse Coy of sexual assault, according to authorities.
Approximately 120 potential jurors were called to the Harris County courthouse for Coy’s trial.
The judge asked the potential jurors if they had been victims of sexual assault while they were children.
He also asked if they knew of anyone who had been molested as a child. Half of the potential jurors raised their hands to show they had known a molestation victim. Most of those jurors will be excused from the trial, lawyers said.
Coy’s case has been the subject of protests. Last February, dozens of protesters stood outside the courthouse when Coy made his first court appearance.
The protesters accused Coy of being a child molester, saying that he should be returned to jail.
In December, a young woman came forward and accused Coy of impregnating her when she was 13 years old.
It’s the only case that Coy has admitted to, claiming it was a consensual relationship.
Coy was charged with sexual assault of a minor in that case.
The judge said jury selection would continue throughout the evening Monday, until a panel is seated.
Opening arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday.
The trial is drawing national attention. Media crews from around the country are in town covering the proceedings.

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