February 08, 2006

Defense targets story of alleged victim in trial of former priest

San Francisco Chronicle

By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

(02-08) 16:06 PST Los Angeles (AP) --

The defense attorney for retired priest Michael Wempe closed his case Wednesday with witnesses who cast doubt on the story told by the prosecution's star witness, an alleged molestation victim.

With both sides rested, attorneys were scheduled to deliver final arguments on Thursday. The case will likely go to the jury on Friday.

Jayson B. claims he was sexually abused by Wempe between 1990 and 1995 at Wempe's office at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He testified that he played games on Wempe's office computer and remembered the priest using a Windows program.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2006 09:48 PM