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Jurors in sex-assault case to resume today

Posted: November 2, 2011 - 5:41pm  |  Updated: November 4, 2011 - 9:11am

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The case of three men accused of sexually assaulting a teen at a party last fall is still in the hands of a Columbia County jury, which went home Thursday without reaching a decision for a second day.

The trial of Jason Scott Turner, 22, of Evans; Robert Lincoln Levy, 21, of Augusta; and Tyler William Davitte, 23, of Martinez, began Monday. The trio is charged with aggravated sexual battery in connection to an assault, which occurred at a home on Shaw Street in Martinez.

Attorneys made their closing arguments early Wednesday afternoon and sent the jury into deliberations at about 2:45 p.m.

They resumed deliberations Thursday morning at the Columbia County courthouse in Evans, and went home Thursday evening without yet reaching a verdict. Deliberations are scheduled to resume this morning.

Police received information Sept. 20, 2010, about underage drinking, drug activity and sex at a Shaw Street home in Martinez owned by Donald Everett Morrison.

The investigation found that in August, an 18-year-old girl was drinking at the home. Her friend passed out on the sofa while she reportedly went into a bedroom with one of the men.

Two others came in and sexually assaulted her, police said. A friend beckoned Clayton Edward Blanton into the room to record video with his phone. He recorded the activities, but before leaving he woke up the victim’s friend to tell her what was happening in the bedroom.

As part of a negotiated plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, Blanton, 22, of Evans, pleaded guilty to unlawful surveillance in August. Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced him to 23 months in jail.

Levy is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond. Davitte and Turner were released after posting $25,000 bonds each.

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