GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A jury will begin deciding Thursday whether a 43-year-old man is guilty of raping the 15-year-old girl he is also accused of killing.
The trial took three days and included graphic and disturbing testimony.
Quinn James is accused of eight counts of criminal sexual conduct against Mujey Dumbuya.
Whether he had sex with her is not in question. Now, a jury will have to decide if it was a felony punishable by life in prison.
The jury heard unnerving testimony from the teen who said he was the boyfriend of Dumbuya.
Daquarius Bibbs was there when Dumbuya was allegedly assaulted by Quinn James. More than just being there, Bibbs helped plan sexual relations between his 15-year-old girlfriend and the man he was living with.
The locations of the alleged sexual assaults included a restaurant parking lot, a playground and a relative’s home, according to Bibbs.
Bibbs, who can’t read, had to have his prior testimony read back to him. Bibbs testified under immunity, meaning he could tell what happened without worrying that he would be charged with having sex with the child when he was 17.
He said he did not call police because he was afraid of James.
When Bibbs was cross-examined by the defense, he admitted he only called 911 after James kicked him out of the house.
Beyond Bibbs’ testimony, the jury heard the repeated admissions by the defendant that he had sex with the girl.
Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Kevin Bramble said to Bibbs, “I want you to describe what Mujey’s face looked like when Quinn James was having sex with her?”
“She was tearing up,” Bibbs answered.
His defense tried to put doubt into the minds of the jurors without putting his client on the stand or offering any witnesses. Over the three days of the trial, the jury heard from family, police and eyewitnesses.
But perhaps the most devastating testimony came from the defendant himself. Repeatedly, James admits to having sex with Dumbuya to police.
“She was like ‘how old is she’ and I was like ‘I don’t know.’ I didn’t know how she … I didn’t care. I don’t know,” James said in a recorded statement to police. “What I did do was have sex with a person I didn’t know how old they were.”
He admitted in a phone call with his mother recorded from the Kent County Jail late last year.
“We both had sex with her and that was that,” James told her.
He admitted to having sex with her to his girlfriend also recorded from jail.
“And I didn’t find out, I didn’t find out how old she was or nothing till school started,” he told his girlfriend.
He also admitted to sex while talking to Kalamazoo investigators, who were looking into the death of Dumbuya after her body was found in Kalamazoo on Jan. 28.
James claimed he thought the girl was 18 or 19 and he also implied, without proof, that she may have been a prostitute.
On Wednesday, his defense attorney Johnathan Schildgen tried to put doubt on the age of the victim, who was born in Sierra Leone.
“Knowing the day is so important in every adult person’s life what is today’s date? That doesn’t happen in third world countries.”
He also questioned why she kept hanging around James’ home after he allegedly raped her and he said the sex was consensual. He also made vague assertions that race played a part in the prosecution.
Bramble angrily addressed those assertions, saying the idea that Mujey’s mother and aunt couldn’t read a calendar because they were from Africa is insulting.
He left the jury with this thought: “The defendant is guilty as charged in all eight counts again on behalf of Mujey, I ask you to bring that verdict.”
This jury does not know that James is facing murder charges in Mujey’s death.