Jury clears trio in Dayton rape case

Trisha Elaine Gatlin, Kyle Cunnington and Skyler Glasby had been accused of attacking a teenager.

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DAYTON -- A Columbia County Superior Court jury has acquitted three people of all charges at the end of a two-week-long rape trial.

The three defendants, Trisha Elaine Gatlin, 37, 201 S. Fourth Street, Dayton; Kyle Cunnington, 19, 908 Martin Drive, Walla Walla, and Skyler Glasby, 21, 1116 S. Third St., Dayton, were accused of a number of sex-related charges. The sexual contacts involving a 16-year-old girl were alleged to have occurred in September.

The not-guilty verdicts were returned at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Prosecuting Attorney Rea Culwell said Monday the defense's case was based on consent.

"Rape cases are very, very difficult to prove unless you have some sort of physical injury," Culwell said. There was no physical injury of the victim, she said.

The courtroom was "packed" throughout the trial, Culwell said.

Defense attorney Irving Rosenberg said the trial was a "grueling nine days that was originally supposed to be four, but there were a lot of motions that had to be made out of the jury's hearing," he said.

"I think it's important to let everyone know the defendants have been cleared," Rosenberg said. "I don't think the jury found the alleged victim credible."

He added, "The prosecution could not show that there was not consent, and from the beginning we showed there was consent."

Charges brought against Gatlin when she was arrested in November included three counts of second-degree rape (accomplice), one count of indecent liberties and two counts of unlawful imprisonment.

Glasby was charged with one count of second-degree rape and two counts of unlawful imprisonment, and Cunnington faced two counts of second-degree rape and two counts of unlawful imprisonment.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289. DAYTON -- A jury found three persons not guilty of all charges at the end of a two-week rape trial.

The three, Trisha Elaine Gatlin, 37, 201 S. Fourth Street, Dayton; Kyle Cunnington, 19, 908 Martin Drive, Walla Walla, and Skyler Glasby, 21, 1116 S. Third St., Dayton, were accused of a number of sex-related charges. The sexual contacts involving a 16-year-old girl occurred in September.

The verdict was returned at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Prosecuting attorney Rea Culwell said Monday the defense's case was based on consent.

"Rape cases are very, very difficult to prove unless you have some sort of physical injury," Culwell said. There was no physical injury of the victim, she said.

The courtroom was "packed" throughout the trial, Culwell said.

Defense attorney Irving Rosenberg said the trial was a "grueling nine days that was originally supposed to be four, but there were a lot of motions that had to be made out of the jury's hearing," he said.

"I think it's important to let everyone know the defendants have been cleared," Rosenberg said.

"I don't think the jury found the alleged victim credible."," Rosenberg said.

"The prosecution could not show that there was not consent, and from the beginning we showed there was consent," he said.

Charges brought against Gatlin when she was arrested in November included three counts of second-degree rape (accomplice), one count of indecent liberties and two counts of unlawful imprisonment.

Glasby was charged with one count of second-degree rape and two counts of unlawful imprisonment, and Cunnington faced two counts of second-degree rape and two counts of unlawful imprisonment.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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