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Aug 24, 2015 8:16 PM

St. Paul's School classmates testify in Owen Labrie rape trial


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CONCORD - Owen Labrie's defense attorney told media outside the courthouse today that his client has been busy building a chapel in Vermont this past year.

The 19-year-old was planning to attend Harvard University before he was charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman in 2014. His life came to a halt, after the girl told Concord police that the then-graduating high school senior took advantage of her in a mechanical room during St. Paul's School traditional Senior Salute, where participants earned points by engaging in sexual activity.

Jay Carney, who is best known for defending mobster Whitey Bulger, also said that Labrie talked to a number of young women in the way he addressed his alleged victim, with flowery and romantic language.

Monday was the start of the second week of the prep school rape trial which has gotten international attention. There were so many people packed into Merrimack County Superior Court that Judge Larry Smukler had to issue an order about standing, and bailiffs had to stop people from entering the courtroom.

The day started with testimony from a student still enrolled at St. Paul's School, who convinced the complainant to rethink her response to Labrie's Senior Salute invitation. After he talked with her, the teen girl decided to accept Labrie's request to hang out.

When Labrie heard that the freshman boy changed the girl's mind, Labrie said, "I will owe you 10,000 BJs" and "I will get you f***ked up tonight."

The second witness, Malcolm Salovaara, who is now enrolled at Dartmouth College, talked about a Facebook forum called "Slayers Anonymous." Students at the school used the words "slaying" and "scoring" when referring to obtaining points during the sordid sex game.

When Salovaara asked Labrie in January of 2014 who he wanted to be with most during the Senior Salute, Labrie responded the complainant, and Salovaara mentioned she was young.

He was not the only one of Labrie's friends who warned the graduating senior about the complainant's age.

"I told him it probably wasn't a great idea, and that she was much younger," Andrew Thomson, who now attends Brown University, said.

When Thomson testified that Labrie told him "he had boned her," gasps were audible in the courtroom.

Monday afternoon, Tucker Marchese, now a student at Holy Cross College, described in detail how he and Labrie talked in person and on social media about the complainant.

Marchese said that Labrie referred to the months of April and May as an eight-week course in debauchery and being a sleazebag.

Carney tried to undo the damage, having Marchese testify about Labrie's crush on the girl, and how he approached her with a childish excitement.

Also testifying Monday were a detective with Concord police, and a dean at St. Paul's, who said there was a wall where students had mapped out their relationships.

Labrie is expected to take the witness stand, and will tell his story, after the state rests their case. There are three more witnesses that are expected to take the stand for prosecutors.

Kimberley Haas is live Tweeting from the courthouse. Follow her @KHaasNH1.


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