Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas testifies in Cox rape trial
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – The accuser in the rape case against former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox testified Wednesday that she awoke with bad stomach pains the morning after she, Cox and some friends had been partying at a nightclub.
Cox is accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating the woman inside his Lone Tree apartment on September 5, 2010 when he was still an active member of the Broncos.
She later aborted the fetus.
During her second day of testimony, the accuser told a Douglas County jury that she remembers being kissed by Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was at Cox’s apartment that evening, as the two laid on an air mattress.
Her recollection of events after that, however, was fuzzy and she suspected that she had been drugged.
“I wasn’t in the right state of mind,” she testified.
A friend testified Wednesday that she also awoke the next morning with a severe headache “not like a hangover.”
Prosecutors called Thomas as a witness before the lunch break to offer his account of that evening. He told jurors it appeared the accuser was drunk and admitted to kissing her.
“I wanted to have sex with her but didn’t,” Thomas testified.
Cox’s attorney Harvey Steinberg requested a mistrial when Thomas recounted a conversation he had with his teammate in which Cox purportedly said “I think she’s ready” after the accuser had passed out.
The judge denied his request.
Cox has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault involving a helpless victim. If convicted, he could face two years to life in prison.