Aug 17, 2015 7:23 PM
CONCORD - Eyes from around the world are on the trial of Owen Labrie, a graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord.
Labrie, 19, is on trial for rape, after he allegedly lured a 15-year-old freshman girl to the top of a math and science building during a "tradition" at the prestigious prep school, called "Senior Salute."
Labrie was 18-years-old at the time, and just two days from graduation. He had nothing to lose, as he had been accepted to Harvard University for the following school year.
But, according to prosecutors, Labrie took a risk that ended it all for him. In an attempt to win the sordid sex game, he used the element of surprise to assault that teenaged girl, after asking her to check out the rooftop view of their campus, prosecutors say.
Assistant County Attorney Catherine Ruffle told Judge Larry Smukler that Labrie chose the underclassman because having sexual relations with her would earn him more points during the salute. He had previously been with her relative.
Attractive girls, sisters, and fun locations gave the graduating men more points in the competition, where interactions with female students were referred to as "slays" and "scores."
Ruffle said the girl was one of 15 to 20 young women he was targeting during "Senior Salute." It is not known if he approached more female students in the same manner.
On Monday, three women and eleven men were chosen to sit on Labrie's jury. Later in the afternoon, his attorney, Jay Carney - who represented alleged mobster Whitey Bulger - made a brief statement to media waiting outside the courtroom.
"It's traumatic for any citizen to be put on trial for any offense, never mind a serious offense," Carney said.
The trial is expected to last seven days. On Tuesday, jurors will be brought on a view of St. Paul's, which costs over $55,000 a year in tuition, before opening statements.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Congressmen, ambassadors, famous writers and notable CEOs all attended the famous prep school. Witnesses from as far away as London and New York City may be called during the trial.
Follow Kimberley Haas on Twitter @KHaasNH1.
17 hours 1 minute agoPolice are investigating the possibility that a missing teen was swept into a storm drain in the night during heavy rain. (More)
18 hours 24 minutes agoPolice deployed a bomb squad and robot to investigate a suspicious package that appeared outside a Walmart on Lowell Road on Saturday. (More)
22 hours 37 minutes agoBelle Bowers, the mother of Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, has died. She was 94. (More)
Oct 22, 2016 11:31 AMNashua fire responded to over 50 calls in just a three hour period due to the heavy rainfall on Friday. (More)
Oct 21, 2016 4:05 PMBoston officials say a water main gave way in the city's South End neighborhood, flooding a trench and killing two workers. (More)
Oct 21, 2016 2:24 PMWith 18 days to go until Election Day, an average of the latest public opinion surveys in New Hampshire indicates Hillary Clinton with an...