GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A man who is accused of raping and beating a prostitutetestified Wednesday in the trial.
Troy Brake was on the witness stand for about a half an hour.Brake acknowledged assaulting the prostitute, Mary Louise Parker,but denied sexually assaulting her.
Brake claimed being at home that night on Oct. 16, 2008 prior tothe incident. He acknowledged he drank some beer in his vehiclebefore picking up Parker. He said they had a deal.
Brake testified that Parker directed him to a home on BurtonStreet, which is when a unknown man pulled open the driver's dooron his pickup truck and pulled him out. Brake said he and the manwrestled, and the man robbed him before fleeing the scene.
Brake said he didn't get much of a description of the man.
Brake says he then fled the scene in his truck. Parker was withhim. He stopped the vehicle a short time later and told her toleave. He said he pushed her out of the vehicle and she got away.He then pursued her.
"I was pissed. I was pissed off she tried to robbing me, and Iwas pissed off she wouldn't get out of my truck," Braketestified.
Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker cross-examined Brake onthe witness stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
Becker: "A beating ensued?"
Becker: "You beat her with your hand, with an object."
Brake: "I hit her and I kicked her."
Becker: "Tell the whole story of what happened in that fewmoments."
Brake: "I beat her up. I punched her. I kicked her. I hit herwith a beet bottle."
Becker: "Do you think she was deserving of this?"
Brake: "Well, at the time I guess I did, but not, now, Idon't."
After assaulting Parker, Brake got into a taxi cab. The YellowCab driver who had picked up Brake said Brake smelled of alcoholand was confused.
Tyrone Robinson, who testified Wednesday morning, called it "abig fare" -- all the way from Yellow Cab's office on KalamazooAvenue to Brake's destination in Sparta.
Robinson said he asked Brake why he was in the neighborhoodaround 6 a.m. "A white boy in the 'hood," Robinson said. "What didyou do to get stranded?"
Brake told him he didn't know where his vehicle was. WhenRobinson asked if he had been carjacked, Brake said he didn'tremember.
Within minutes of picking up Brake, "we got rushed by police,"Robinson testified.
Brake was then taken into custody.
Becker asked Brake in court about Brake's lies to police thatofficers say Brake told them during his arrest.
Becker: "So the first thing you do after they read you thoserights is lie to them. The first words out of your mouth was alie."
Brake: "I don't remember the first words that were out of mymouth."
Becker: "But it was not just the prostitution thing that youlied about. You lied about what happened at the corner of Newarkand Burton. Didn't you?"
Brake: "No, I didn't."
Brake told police he was only giving Parker a ride and she cameafter him.
His testimony was far different on Wednesday. Now, Brake says hepicked up the prostitute on S. Division Avenue and drove to adriveway.
Brake said he has picked up prostitutes in the past, about fiveor six times.
Testimony on Wednesday also included Grand Rapids crime scenetechnicians who showed photos of the bloodstained ground around apicnic table, near Burton Street and Newark Avenue SE, where Parkerwas beaten. One photo showed broken glass from a Miller Lite beerbottle.
Another crime scene photo showed a 12-pack of Miller Lite inBrake's pickup truck, which he had left at the scene. One of thosebottles had Parker's fingerprints, police said.
At one point of the testimony Brake was rather tearful, bringinga tissue up to an eye.
For Brake's family -- and his girlfriend -- who watched in thecourtroom, it was a difficult day. His mother left crying.
"I just want to say that I am here and I support Troy and I lovehim and I'm standing behind him. My whole family is here, standingbehind him," said Brake's sister, Brenda.
"And now we've finally heard both sides, so it's in the jury'shands, and we'll see, God willing, tomorrow," said Brake's brother,Jason.
The case has wrapped up and should go to the jury onThursday. 24 Hour News 8 will be there and will stream thedevelopments in court.
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