The preliminary hearing saw testimony from the alleged victim and a witness, and also saw two of five charges against Turner dropped.
The Stanford Daily reports that the hearing began on Monday, October 5 at the Palo Alto Courthouse. The school paper also noted that Turner and his lawyer were present along with the victim, a witness to the incident and one of the grad students who reportedly broke up the assault.
Turner, a freshman at Stanford, was arrested in January after he was found on the Stanford campus late in the night with an intoxicated woman. Turner reportedly took off running when he was discovered, but the two students who found him chased him down.
Turner pleaded not guilty to all charges. He admitted to police that he had sexual contact with the woman, but denied any allegations of rape. The Stanford Daily reports that Turner stood by his not guilty pleas in this month’s preliminary hearing.
Per The Stanford Daily, the victim recounted the afternoon and evening that led to the incident, but did not remember meeting Turner. She remembered meeting with the witness at a fraternity party, drinking during the party, going unconscious and eventually waking up in the hospital and having a rape kit used on her to gather evidence. The witness, however, did remember interacting with Turner at the frat party.
The hearing continued into the next day, and saw two of five charges against Turner dropped. The charges dropped:
- rape of an intoxicated person
- rape of an unconscious person
Turner is still being tried for three other charges:
- sexual penetration of an intoxicated woman
- sexual penetration of an unconscious woman
- assault with intent to commit rape