Defense begins case in Kelly trial

June 4, 2008 4:48:29 PM PDT
The defense began presenting its case in the child pornography trial of singer R. Kelly.They began by trying to back-up Kelly's contention that he is not the man shown in the video that is at the center of the case.

Now, it's their turn. R. Kelly's lawyers hope to plant the seed of doubt in the minds of jurors... The 41-year-old singer is on trial for 14 counts of child pornography stemming from a videotape that prosecutors say show Kelly and an underage girl having sex.

But Kelly and the young female say it's not them on the tape and Wednesday, three relatives of the alleged victim agree.

Twenty-seven-year-old Shona Edwards is the young female's cousin. Edwards and the alleged victim spent years in a musical group together. Edwards testified she saw portions of the videotape a couple days ago. When asked if the woman on the tape is her cousin, Edwards replied, "No, it definitely wasn't her."

Edwards told jurors the female's body on the tape was more developed than her cousin's at the time.

Next up was the alleged victim's aunt. After seeing portions of the tape, Charlotte Edwards also testified the female on the tape did not look like her niece, when asked if the man looks like R. Kelly, she replied,"No, it doesn't look like him."

The last relative to testify was LeRoy Edwards, the 46-year-old is the alleged victim's uncle. He also told jurors he did not recognize the male or female on the tape.

LeRoy Edwards admitted the case has caused a division within his once very tight family with some of his relatives cooperating with police while others have not.

The case against R. Kelly became one when Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis turned the tape over to police after he received it anonymously in the mail. The defense wanted DeRogatis to tell jurors how he got the tape and if he tampered with it. Citing the 5th Amendment, the judge ruled DeRogatis will not have to testify.


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