When your crime is so heinous that the sheriff holds a news conference just to excoriate you, you know it's going to be tough getting a jury on your side.
Gregory Longoria Jr. is on trial for choking, assaulting and using a lighter to burn the breasts and genitalia of a woman he knew. His defense, as offered yesterday by his attorney Casie Gotro: The woman was a submissive who enjoyed playing such "adult games."
Here's the Houston Chronicle's description of opening arguments:
Gregory Longoria Jr., on trial for assaulting his estranged wife, watched as one of his lawyers adjusted her black skirt and jacket and bent over a table in front of a dozen wide-eyed jurors to describe a long night of rough sex.
"Yes, I like to be spanked," attorney Casie Gotro quoted the victim as saying.
Gotro stood up, sparked a cigarette lighter and continued quoting Longoria's common-law wife, "I also like to play with fire."
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The woman, Gotro says, will testify on Longoria's behalf.
Prosecutors began presenting witnesses who dealt with the woman after the incident, including law enforcement and medical professionals. They testified she was scared and shocked.
Longoria and the woman had a child -- who was in another room during the alleged 17-hour assault -- but had separated.
Prosecutiors will try to convince the jury that the woman has recanted her story under duress or simply the influence of Longoria.