The mother of an alleged rape victim told jurors she listened in fear as she heard her 19-year-old daughter screaming hysterically over her cellphone and begging someone not to kill her.
"I was panicking," the mom testified Wednesday afternoon in the trial of Donald Michael Kloch Sr.
Kloch, 51, of 189 Clover Trail in Peach Bottom Township, is 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.
He maintains his innocence.
Kloch is accused of brandishing a double-barrel shotgun and trying to rape the 19-year-old in the bedroom of his home May 7.
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 her feet, state police said.
Frightening call: 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 on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the mother told jurors she could hear a struggle, which is when she, her husband and a family friend went looking for the young woman and tracked her down to Kloch's house about 15 minutes later.
The alleged victim's dad and the family friend -- both in their early 60s -- broke down Kloch's bedroom door and struggled with Kloch, police said. During that struggle, Kloch pointed the gun at the father and subsequently fired two more rounds from his shotgun, police said.
No one was shot.
The mother testified that as she and her family were fleeing the property, Kloch walked out on his porch wearing only boxer shorts and told them, "If I find you I will kill you all."
Botched drug deal: But defense attorney Farley Holt said his client never tried to rape the young woman, and that the shotgun went off accidentally.
He told jurors the incident began after a friend of the alleged victim stole nearly $900 from Kloch in a drug deal. Kloch suspected the young woman was involved in scamming him, which is why he refused to let her leave his home, according to Holt.
On Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, Holt cross-examined the alleged victim, who admitted that at the time of the alleged rape she was addicted to smoking Percocet pills. She regularly bought those pills from Kloch, she said.
Lied: She 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 the planned drug deal.
On Tuesday afternoon, after more than 2-1/2 hours of cross-examination, the alleged victim burst into tears, saying "I can't do this anymore."
Trial is expected to resume Thursday morning.
-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.