Craziest Court Defense Of Today

A re-trial began Wednesday of a Cobb County man accused of kidnapping and carjacking a woman at a CVS before raping her.
Craziest Court Defense Of Today

The first defense team for Darrious Mathis said their client’s good looks partly explain why it was a consensual encounter.

Darrious Mathis had managed to persuade a member of a jury in Marietta, Georgia, that his alleged victim must have consented on account of his good looks.

Actually one member of the jury believed his claim, and this resulted in an 11-1 hung jury after nearly four days of deliberation back in September, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial.

His lawyer, however, claims she consented, mostly because of his good looks and the fact that she gave him her phone number.
Craziest Court Defense Of Today

The woman said she gave him the phone number because she was terrified.

In his defense his counsel offered an alternative explanation, claiming she was attracted to his bubbly personality and handsome features coupled with the fact she wanted to buy drugs from him.

'He walked up to her with a bottle of Vicodin and said, "Wanna buy some pills?" She said, "Sure, get in. We’ll go to the ATM,"' said attorney Carter Clayton.

The alleged victim had a different version:

A Cobb County judge declared a mistrial back in September after nearly four days of deliberations.

On Wednesday, the victim shared her story with a jury for the second time, reliving the night 2 1/2 years ago when her quick-post midnight stop at a CVS turned into a kidnapping ordeal.

"He had told me to get in the car and I actually begged him to take my car. 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," she said.

The 24-year-old said she was abducted at gunpoint from an Austell CVS, driven into Atlanta, where he sexually assaulted her.

The victim said she tried to keep Mathis calm along the way.

"In my mind I figured that was the best way, instead of panicking and trying to get hurt," the woman said.

Mathis is facing kidnapping, carjacking, assault and weapons charges.

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