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Testimony continues today in sexual assault trial
[November 14, 2012]

Testimony continues today in sexual assault trial

BLOOMINGTON, Nov 14, 2012 (The Pantagraph - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Testimony continues today in the trial of a Bloomington man who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman who attended a party at the man's home a year ago.

On Tuesday, a Bloomington police detective denied that he overlooked important details and interviews in a criminal sexual assault case that lead to charges against the 22-year-old Bloomington man.

Detective Mike Burns testified that he was satisfied with the information and evidence he collected against Woodrow Forrest and sent to the McLean County state's attorney's office for review.

Forrest's jury trial has pitted former First Assistant State's Attorney Jane Foster -- now a defense lawyer -- against Assistant State's Attorney Bill Workman. The two were co-workers in the county prosecutor's office before Foster was defeated by Jason Chambers in this year's GOP primary for state's attorney and later opened a private law firm in Bloomington.

During his hour on the witness stand, Burns defended his investigation into allegations that Forrest sexually assaulted a woman who attended a party at his home in November 2011.

Foster questioned Burns about the fact his interviews with all witnesses in the case totaled about an hour.

She also asked the detective why he did not collect a video of the alleged victim dancing on Forrest at the party as evidence. The video was taken on a cellphone by a man at the party.

"My intent was to later on collect the video," said Burns. Printed versions of images from the video that were posted on Facebook by a friend of the alleged victim were shown to the jury.

Burns pointed out in response to questions from Workman that several witnesses connected with the incident were friends or relatives of Forrest. He said the alleged victim had trouble recalling all details of the incident that occurred after she had been drinking.

The 20-year-old alleged victim testified that she woke up to the sexual assault. She denied Forrest's claims that the sexual activity was consensual.

The jury also saw a videotaped interview Burns conducted with Forrest two days after the incident was reported. Forrest initially denied any physical contact with the woman but changed his account to say "it's a maybe because I was drunk." ___ (c)2012 The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) Visit The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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