SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Opening statements were heard Monday in the trial of a 49-year-old woman accused of sexually assaulting a younger woman with a golf club.
A prosecutor said the woman kidnapped, beat and sexually assaulted a 22-year-old female rival because she had sex with her former boyfriend. A defense attorney said there was no physical evidence that the victim was raped with a golf club.
"This case is about revenge," prosecutor George Modlin told a jury in the retrial of Catherine McCoy.
A jury last November convicted McCoy of kidnapping, assault and making a criminal threat but deadlocked 11-1 for guilt on a charge of sexual penetration with a foreign object. If she is convicted on that charge, she could face a sentence of 35 years to life in prison
In his opening statement of the retrial, Modlin told jurors that the defendant found out that the 22-year-old victim -- identified only as Amber -- had slept with her boyfriend and confronted her at a home in City Heights on Aug. 18, 2011.
"She (McCoy) said, `I'm going to kill you, bitch,"' Modlin told the jury.
The defendant punched the victim, and with the help of a friend, Christopher Carrera, forced her into the back seat of a white Ford Excursion, the prosecutor said.
Carrera drove and McCoy jumped into the back seat and beat the victim with a Maglite flashlight and wrapped a seat belt around the victim's neck, trying to get her to admit having sex with her ex-boyfriend, whom she was trying to win back, according to Modlin.
McCoy made the victim get naked, then grabbed her grandfather's wooden putter and forced it into the victim's vagina seven to eight times, according to the prosecutor.
"She (McCoy) said, 'You (expletive) my man. I'm going to (expletive) you now,"' Modlin told the jury.
The prosecutor said McCoy threatened to dump Amber's body in the desert before kicking her out of the car on southbound state Route 125 near Otay Lakes Road.
After her arrest, McCoy told her grandmother in a jail call, which was played in court, that she assaulted the victim and that "she deserved it."
Defense attorney Charles Adair told the jury that McCoy met her boyfriend when she was 40 but that the two had recently broken up and she wanted him back.
Adair said Amber was a troubled woman who used methamphetamine and heroin on a daily basis and traded sex for drugs.
The defense attorney conceded that McCoy kidnapped and assaulted the victim, but he said there was no physical evidence that the golf club was used in a sexual assault.
If that happened, it would have caused damage to the victim's vaginal area, Adair said.
"This is Amber's way of getting back at Cathy," Adair told the jury.
Carrera pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison. He is expected to testify at the retrial.
Firefighters were battling a roadside vegetation fire Friday morning off Interstate 15 near Market Street in the Mount Hope neighborhood, authorities said.
Temperatures are going to remain in the warm range across San Diego County, but the sizzling temperatures experienced Wednesday and Thursday will not be present.
Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and -- shhh! -- holiday shopping were on tap for Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was at its highest amount on Thanksgiving since 2013 Thursday, despite dropping for 10 consecutive days.
Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."