Retrial begins for man who used his 'good looks' as defense for rape

Georgia man Darrious Mathis is accused of kidnapping, raping and robbing a woman.
By Evan Bleier   |   March 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM   |   Comments

March 20 (UPI) -- The retrial of a Georgia man accused of kidnapping, raping and robbing a woman began on Wednesday.

At his original trial, Darrious Mathis’ first defense team claimed that, because of his good looks, the incident was actually consensual.

During the encounter, the victim told the court she was taken at gunpoint from the parking lot at a CVS. "He had told me to get in the car and I actually begged him to take my car. I had pushed my wallet that was in my hand and my keys toward him and I was like 'Please take my car. You can take my cards and everything,’" she told the jury.

The 24-year-old said she tried to keep Mathis calm. "In my mind I figured that was the best way, instead of panicking and trying to get hurt," the woman said.

Mathis' attorneys claim the woman went with him willingly.

"He walked up to her with a bottle of Vicodin and said, 'Wanna buy some pills?’ She said, ‘Sure, get in. We'll go to the ATM,’" said defense attorney Carter Clayton.

A Cobb County judge declared a mistrial during Mathis’ first time out in court after nearly four days of deliberations.


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