Mark Giannini Rape Trial Goes To The Jury

MEMPHIS, TENN (localmemphis.com) - Testimony and closing arguments wrapped up Thursday in the Mark Giannini rape trial.

Giannini, a former CEO of an IT company, was charged with three counts of aggravated rape against a woman in 2014.

On the third day of testimony Thursday, the defense called Giannini's long time friend John James aka "JJ" to the stand.

He said he introduced Giannini to the victim.

"She did know one thing. And that was...you're gonna be having sex," said James.

"Did she know it was gonna be forced sex against her will," asked prosecutor Neil Oldham.

"No, sir. I'm sure she didn't," replied James.

While the jury was out, Giannini took the stand and stated he would not testify.

In closing, defense attorney Steve Farese told jurors Giannini may be immoral since he liked to pay women for sex, but the woman who accused him of raping her is not credible because she has lied repeatedly.

He also pointed to why no one has questioned the victim's account of the events that transpired.

"People can be very good at lying. Women can be especially good at it because they're the weaker sex," said Farese, "That's what the book says."

Farese also argued the victim is after the defendant's money, citing her $6 million civil suits against Giannini.

Prosecutor Neil Oldham told jurors the defense was trying to distract them from Giannini who is the man on trial and whose actions are in question.

"He wanted to use her. Who would believe the poor desperate part-time waitress from the Waffle House who lives in a motel on Sycamore view anyway," said Oldham.

Giannini is charged with three counts of aggravated rape, but in this trial, the jury does have the option to convict him on lesser charges of rape or battery.

The jury will begin deliberations Friday at 9 a.m.


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