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Brock Turner, accused of rape last winter, undergoes preliminary hearing

A preliminary hearing for Brock Turner, who was accused of rape last winter, began on Monday at the Palo Alto Courthouse. The victim and another witness who was present the evening of the alleged rape testified in court, as well as one of the Stanford graduate students who intervened during the attack.

The incident in question occurred on the evening of Jan. 18 last school year, when Turner, a former member of Stanford’s Class of 2018 and men’s varsity swimming team, allegedly raped a young woman outside a party at the Kappa Alpha (KA) fraternity house.

The People of The State of California v. Brock Allen Turner was filed on Jan. 28. Turner pleaded not guilty last February to the five felony charges against him, including rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated woman, sexual penetration of an unconscious woman and assault with intent to commit rape.

At Monday’s hearing, judge Aaron Persky of the Palo Alto Courthouse’s Department 89 first listened to the victim’s testimony, which included her full recount of the afternoon and evening of the alleged assault, including what meals she consumed and what she wore at the party. Her testimony detailed a night that involved drinking and a period of unconsciousness, which ended with her waking up in a hospital and having a rape kit used on her to collect evidence.

The testimony of the second witness echoed that of the victim. The witness and the victim both recalled meeting together with their friends at the KA party that evening. However, while the victim did not remember meeting Turner, the witness recalled their interacting with him at the fraternity house.

Turner was present in the courtroom with his defense attorney, Michael Armstrong.

The hearing continued on Tuesday and ended with two of the five counts against Turner being dropped: rape of an intoxicated person and rape of an unconscious person. The other three charges still stand.

Turner again pleaded not guilty and will stand trial for the three remaining felony counts. A trial setting conference will take place on Oct. 20.


Contact Rebecca Aydin at raydin ‘at’ stanford.edu.

About Rebecca Aydin

Rebecca Aydin, a writer for the University/Local beat and a senior hailing from NYC, is pursuing a major in English and a minor in Psychology. She has written for the Chicago Tribune and Worldcrunch, a digital news magazine based in Paris. On campus, she is the editor-in-chief of MINT style and culture magazine. This is her fourth year writing for The Stanford Daily. Contact her at raydin ‘at’ stanford.edu.
  • Fuck You Brock

    Fucking disgusting. Lucky that mummy and daddy are rich and can buy his freedom. Here walks free, another rapist because of his status and skin color.

  • snarky

    why the F*** is greek life still a thing? So you know where all the d-bags on your campus live? Professional drinking clubs and sex dungeons, such a great element to add to a prestigious college campus. If you have a child living in one of these dick-dens, you’ve dropped the ball somewhere along the line.

  • Tom Willard

    Over and over you refer to “the victim” even though when this was written, you were dealing only with allegations. Do not call people “victims” until the allegations have been shown to be true. Otherwise it’s a rush to judgment.

  • Terry Levine

    White privilege wins again. Congratulations America.

  • ralph foster

    The best decision in my life was never applying to Stanford–Colorado College was by far a better choice. A positive and wholesome experience to say the least. And Stanford is ranked the number one University in California–WHAT AN ABSOLUTE JOKE!!!!