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Day Two Updates on The Toby Griego Trial

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Toby Griego of Billings is on trial and charged with 27 counts, 26 of which are felonies.  He has been charged with sexual assault, assault with a weapon, kidnapping and numerous other serious crimes against women.Day two of the trial ended Tuesday afternoon, April 8.

I have and will continue to follow the Griego trial from several media sources in Billings including the stream on KULR-8, coverage from KTVQ-T.V. and the Billings Gazette and from my own personal visits to the courtroom.

The testimony on April 8 from two of the victims was heart wrenching, emotional and my mind keeps asking why.  The two women on the stand on Tuesday described how a man broke into their homes last year and brutally attacked them.  The play by play description of what they went though described terror and fear.

Victim #1:  The woman was attacked and raped in her home on January, 27, 2013 after an evening out with friends.  The victim went to bed and described to the jury,

I woke up to a hand over my mouth and a knife to my throat and somebody telling me to be quiet and not to scream,” she said. “For a second, I thought it was (a friend) pulling a prank on me and I tried swatting that person away and I got a blow to my head and I realized it wasn’t a prank.

Victim #2:  The second victim took the stand and reported that she was attacked almost 3 months after victim one’s attack, on April, 25, 2013.  She testified that,

She woke up to a man kneeling next to her bed, going through her belongings.  I asked him who he was. He instantly grabbed me and dragged me across the bed. The woman said after he grabbed her, he put his hand over her mouth.  I had a stranger take advantage of me.

Day 3 of the trial is Wednesday, April 9th.

 

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