Brian Adkison in court ahead of trial on rape, sex assault charges

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Monday, July 13 2015 Jul 13, 2015 Monday, July 13, 2015 3:47:00 PM CDT July 13, 2015 in News
By: KOMU 8 Digital Staff

COLUMBIA - A Columbia man accused of the rape and sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend appeared in Boone County court Monday afternoon. Brian Adkison appeared for a pre-trial hearing in front of Judge Christine Carpenter. During the hearing, prosecutors and the defense discussed preparations for Adkison's retrial on the charges which is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Adkison's original trial was declared a mistrial on two of the three original charges against him. He was originally charged with burglary in addition to the rape and sexual assault charges. Adkison was found not guilty on the burglary charge.

During that trial in January, prosecutors argued the alleged victim was brave and smart. The prosecution went on to say that the case is not "he said, she said" because the alleged victim's story has been "corroborated or confirmed by others" including the nurse, roommate and best friend.

The prosecution referred back to the physical evidence of the alleged victim's high blood pressure taken at the hospital which was 170/107 and the visible bruises on the alleged victim's arms and wrists. The prosecution described Adkison as a "man with an unhealthy obsession and craving for power and control".

During the original trial, the defense argued the alleged victim was not forced or deceived into having sexual relations with Adkison. The defense also said the alleged victim "knew he [Adkison] was not good for her" but continued communication with him after their July 2011 break up.

The defense refuted the prosecution's claim of the alleged victim's high blood pressure as evidence of the alleged incident occurring and that the victim did not reach for surrounding objects to use as weapons or run out of the house when given the opportunity.

In addition to the charges Adkison faces in Boone County, he also faces charges in five other Missouri counties. Four of those pending cases are connected to the alleged kidnapping and rape of his ex-girlfriend and subsequent escape from jail. Adkison is believed to have fled to Ohio following his escape and was accused of crimes there before being brought back to Missouri.

Just last month, a judge declared a second mistrial on Adkison's kidnapping and assault charges in his Caldwell County case. A judge declared a mistrial in that original trial as well.

During Monday's pre-trial conference, the judge indicated the retrial was expected to last several days.

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