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Defense calls first witness in rape trial of former Webster coach

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Testimony resumed Wednesday morning in the trial of a former Webster coach accused of sexually abusing a minor.

The former coach, Kali Watkins, faces two counts of rape. He is accused of raping a 14-year-old in the Webster Schroeder High School girl’s locker room.

Wednesday’s testimony began with Neil Flood, a former employee of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office who was then employed by the Webster Central School District to serve as the safety, security, and emergency supervisor.

Flood said the area where the alleged rape occurred has video cameras and is considered a “high traffic area,” but also said that all video from the school’s security cameras are saved for only 30 days, and then they are deleted. Flood said there is no way to retrieve the video from the date in question.

Following Flood’s testimony, Dr. Elizabeth Murray was called to the stand. At that time Justice Sinclair announced that no media could tweet any information regarding the victim’s medical history.

After Murray’s testimony, the defense again called for a dismissal of charges, arguing that the “prosecution has failed to show any evidence a crime has been committed.”

Justice Judith Sinclair denied the request.

The defense started its case this afternoon. It called several witnesses it claims will provide an alibi for the former coach and teacher.

The last witness of the day was a veterinarian. Dr. Sarah Moore testified that Watkins was in her office at the time prosecution says the raped happened. Watkins’ ex-wife Elizabeth Heulig also testified. She confirmed the January 5, 2017 appointment for the family dog.

Watkins also testified that she went to the vet appointment with her dad.

On Tuesday, the victim’s mother and father testified about their daughter’s state of mind at the time of the alleged incident.

On Monday, the teen girl victim took the stand herself, speaking on the record about the incident in an emotional testimony.

Follow Stephanie Golden for live updates from court and check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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