Double sexual assault trial begins for former Marshall student


UPDATE 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11, 2020: HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) The double sexual assault trial of a former Marshall University student got underway today.

Joseph Chase Hardin listened to the prosecution outline it’s case against him a few hours ago. 13 News reporter Natalie Wadas was in the courtroom.

The mood in the courtroom was solemn as the prosecuting attorney laid out the charges against Hardin.

Hardin is accused of four counts of second degree sexual assault against two alleged victims while at the university. These assaults were said to have occurred back in 2018.

The prosecution says the alleged victims did not consent to Hardin’s alleged attacks, while the defense maintained the two victims engaged in consensual sex.

One of the victims testified today that she met at church and then texted each other over a period of three months. Most of the interaction of the two was by text and Snapchat. She did not discuss the alleged assault today, that’s expected to come tomorrow.

The defense says the part of the state’s case resting on the Snapchat images and texts are gone because they disappear after a certain period of time.

Hardin just sat through the afternoon’s testimony, with no visible reaction to what his alleged victim said. The trial resumes tomorrow morning.

UPDATE 1:08 p.m. Aug. 11, 2020: A jury has been seated for the trial of Joseph Chase Hardin. The trail is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

CABELL COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — A jury is being selected as the trial of Joseph Chase Hardin is set to begin today.

WOWK 13 News Reporter Shannon Litton says the jury is being selected at the Cabell County courthouse in Judge Paul Farrell’s courtroom.

Hardin is accused of sexually assaulting two 18-year-old women back in 2018 and faced four counts of second degree sexual assault.

Hardin was previously charged with sexual assault in 2016 but ended up taking a Kennedy plea of misdemeanor battery charge. The former Marshall student was expelled by the university in June 2019.

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