CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Week two of the Kevin Olsen rape trial began Monday morning with closing arguments.
Kevin Olsen and his accuser sat through the hours of closing arguments. It was a long day for everyone involved, followed by deliberations by the jury.
The day was made even longer after the jury had to return to the courtroom a second time, after they were confused by some of the instructions given by judge.
The defense, reminded the jury several times that the reported rape must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
Olsen is charged with three counts of rape. His defense team painted a picture to the jury-- made up of nine men and three women-- that the victim’s actions following the reported rape at an off campus UNC-Charlotte apartment were inconsistent.
"’I really want to go to spring break,’” Olsen’s defense attorney said as he read a text receipt to the jury. “This is Sunday night folks after allegedly being raped at 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. ‘I really want to go on spring break. I really want someone to take Kevin’s place.’"
The prosecution claims the victim was unaware a rape had actually occurred, because she was in a relationship with Olsen.
Prosecutors say the victim did not give consent. The defense says, she never said stop.
"Fear caused her body to stop moving, to stop processing,” the prosecutor said. "What happened in that bedroom is consistent and collaborated by the evidence."
Kevin Olsen did not testify during this trial. The judge reminded the jury not to let that fact influence their decision for the three rape charges.