After spending more than 2-1/2 hours in court Monday afternoon being relentlessly cross-examined, an alleged attempted rape victim had clearly had enough. The 20-year-old burst into tears.
"I need a break," she said as she stood up to leave the witness stand. "Seriously -- I can't do this anymore."
Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock directed her to sit back down. Moments later, after conferring with attorneys, the judge called a 15-minute recess.
The woman was the first witness to testify in the trial of Donald Michael Kloch, charged with three counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, plus one count each of attempted rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, false imprisonment and unlawful restraint.
Kloch, 51, of 189 Clover Trail in Peach Bottom Township, maintains his innocence.
The allegations: Senior deputy prosecutor Amy Eyster told jurors Kloch brandished a double-barrel shotgun and tried to rape the woman in the bedroom of his home May 7. The alleged victim was 19 at the time.
When she tried to flee, he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back toward his bed, police allege. His shotgun went off, firing a round into the floor near the woman's feet, state police said.
During the struggle, the woman's mother called her on her cell phone, which Kloch accidentally answered while grabbing the phone, the alleged victim testified. The mother could hear a struggle, which is when the alleged victim's family went out looking for her, she said.
The woman's father and a family friend -- both in their early 60s -- tracked her down about 15 minutes later, went into Kloch's home and rushed into the bedroom, according to her testimony. At that point Kloch pointed the shotgun at her father, she testified.
The family friend grabbed the gun and both he and the other man struggled with Kloch, police said. During that struggle two more rounds were fired, according to police.
'Not pretty': But defense attorney Farley Holt told jurors during his opening statement Monday morning there was no attempted rape, and that the shotgun went off accidentally.
"Thieves, liars and prescription pill buyers," he said. "That's what this case is about."
Holt admitted Kloch is "no angel" and warned jurors the trial is "not going to be pretty," but insisted the prosecution's account of events doesn't hold water.
He said the woman has given multiple stories and actually lied to police -- something he repeatedly succeeded in getting her to admit from the witness stand.
He also said the woman's father and family friend badly beat Kloch.
"They hammered him," Holt said.
Drugs at play: The alleged victim told jurors today she was addicted to smoking Percocet pills, which she regularly bought from Kloch. She said on the morning of the attack she acted as middleman between Kloch and a drug dealer who said he had a Percocet connection in Maryland.
The three drove there and, after getting nearly $900 from Kloch, the dealer went into a nearby home. But he never came out and he stopped answering phone calls and text messages, the young woman testified.
She said that's when she and Kloch went back to Kloch's home. Kloch had been smoking cocaine, she said, and began suspecting she was involved in the rip-off.
Lied: Questioned by Holt, the young woman admitted she initially lied to police about the botched drug deal and her role in it because she didn't want her parents to know she was using drugs again.
She also admitted to lying about feeling forced to go back inside Kloch's home after they returned empty-handed from Maryland.
The young woman repeatedly conceded not all the details were true in her various statements to investigators and to a York Hospital safe nurse. A number of times during her cross-examination she wiped tears from her eyes.
"I definitely didn't think I was getting out of his house that day," she said.
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