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Dramatic Day of Testimony in Stanford Sexual Assault Trial

It was a dramatic day of testimony Friday in the trial of a former Stanford swimmer and student accused of sexually assaulting a woman on campus.

The 23-year-old alleged victim, a Palo Alto native and Gunn High School graduate, was in tears as she took the stand at Superior Court in Palo Alto to recount what happened on Jan. 18 of last year.

Then-freshman Brock Turner is accused of three counts of sexual assault against the UC Santa Barbara graduate.

The alleged victim said she drank about four shot glasses of whisky before leaving for the party and then drank vodka at the fraternity party. She cried as the said the next thing she remembered was waking up at Valley Medical Center in San Jose, where a deputy told her she may have been a victim of sexual assault.

A sexual assault response team nurse also testified that during an exam she found the alleged victim had abrasions on her buttocks and internal abrasions in her private region. The nurse also testified she examined Turner, who had abrasions and soil on his arm, hands, ankle and back.

Another witness also took the stand to say she did see Turner at the party. After his arrest, Turner, who was 19 at the time, withdrew from Stanford.

A Stanford student testified Thursday that he saw Turner on top of a woman who wasn’t moving. Turner then ran off and he and another bicyclist pinned him down to the ground and that is when he was later arrested.

Turner’s attorney would not comment on the case.

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