February 08, 2006

Defense disputes car testimony in molestation trial

Daily Breeze

By The Associated Press

Defense witnesses for a former priest charged with child molestation contradicted the recollections of the man's accuser Tuesday, saying at the time the assaults allegedly took place Michael Wempe didn't have the cars he was said to have committed them in.

The description of the entrance to the hospital parking lot where Wempe's accuser said he was molested also was called into question by one witness.

The defense began laying out its case after the prosecution rested after two days of tearful testimony from the mother of Wempe's accuser.

She was one of many prosecution witnesses who told jurors about a distinctive "purple-blue" Thunderbird driven by the priest.

"I thought it was a strange car for a man to drive," Margaret Percival said.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2006 09:09 AM