Attempted rape trial underway

Rakim Marquis Hughes

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The trial of a Terre Haute man got underway Monday afternoon.  24 year old Rakim Marquis Hughes faces 5 felonies, including attempted rape.

This case is going to boil down to whom will the jury believe, the alleged victim, or Hughes, the defendant?  Hughes faces charges of attempted rape, criminal deviate conduct, intimidation, criminal confinement and strangulation.  He’s also charged as a repeat sex offender.

The allegations he faces are serious.

The victim claims she went to the Days Inn to see a friend, and that’s when she came into contact with Hughes.  After her friend left, she says Hughes made advances towards her that she refused.  She eventually left, and Hughes followed her to her car.  The victim claims Hughes forced her to perform a sex act in the car at knifepoint, all with her infant child in the back seat.  It was when Hughes forced her back to the room that a manager saw them and later called police.

The defense painted a much different picture.  Attorney Paul Jungers called the state’s case had a lot of “evidence of inconsistencies” from the victim.  Jungers says he’ll also point to a lack of physical evidence by the state, no knife, no rape kit, no DNA, no fingerprints… only the victim’s statement.

Again, who will the jury believe?  News 10 will follow this trial and let you know its outcome when it happens. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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