Jury finds wife in polygamous relationship guilty of rape through coercion

In a strange circumstance, a jury on Friday located a female guilty of many counts of rape for encouraging her polygamous spouse in raping a 17-yr-previous lady who was acting as a 3rd wife. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret Information)

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WEST JORDAN — A jury on Friday found a Utah female guilty of various counts of rape for encouraging and supporting her polygamous spouse in raping a 17-12 months-outdated woman who was performing as his 3rd wife.

Raven Blackwing, 29, was found responsible of four of the 7 counts of rape, a initial-diploma felony, she confronted in the weird case. She was found not guilty of 3 counts of forcible sexual abuse, a 2nd-degree felony. One count of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, was dismissed prior to the close of the demo.

On a type associated with the verdict, the jury determined the target did not give consent since she was coerced and since Raven Blackwing was in a placement of exclusive trust.

“Rape is a criminal offense that reveals many faces,” Salt Lake County deputy district lawyer Samuel Sutton instructed jurors in his opening remarks.

Sutton instructed the jury the legislation acknowledges that someone can be as responsible as the particular person committing an offense if they are party to the offense by delivering assist or encouragement and acquiring the similar point out of mind. He claimed that Raven Blackwing was not typically concerned in the sexual acts, but that she aided her spouse, Kain Blackwing, and encouraged the victim, like conversing to her about how to make sure you Kain Blackwing.

The teenager had moved into the Blackwing home with Raven Blackwing, Kain Blackwing and Raven’s sister, who was not married to Kain Blackwing but lived with them as a next wife, in accordance to testimony at the demo. Following moving in, the 17-year-outdated also lived as another spouse.

The target described in her testimony to the jury that the girls would simply call Kain Blackwing “my lord” and experienced rules in the household about what they could put on.

Protection lawyer Rudy Bautista argued that the teen experienced proven beforehand that she could get out of abusive and harmful associations and that she consented to and participated in the sexual exercise.

“They want us to imagine that she was a frail little youngster when she was not,” Bautista stated.

He explained she only claimed to be a target of rape soon after currently being incarcerated for her involvement in a strange property break-in and used the declare to avoid a heavier sentence for rates related to that crack-in.

“This is a human being who is telling tales to get what she wants, and that is the very best lifestyle doable for herself,” Bautista mentioned.

The incident Bautista was referencing included two gals explained as dressing like ninjas who broke into the West Jordan property in which a 14-year-aged woman was being just four times just before that young teenager was scheduled to testify in court that Kain Blackwing experienced sexually abused her.

The two girls — Raven Blackwing and the 17-12 months-previous sufferer — wore all black apparel, which includes black masks and black latex gloves, and were armed with a wide range of objects including a stun gun, a knife, a massive piece of Saran wrap, matches, a screwdriver, syringes, an arm tourniquet and formalin. The plan, allegedly produced by Kain Blackwing, was to have the two girls suffocate the 14-12 months-previous woman with the plastic wrap and then make it look like the other two grown ups in the house died of a heroin overdose, according to charging paperwork.

The 17-year-outdated victim in her testimony stated she went alongside with the strategy since she looked at Kain Blackwing as a father figure, despite the fact that she did see some red flags. Immediately after she moved in and recognized she would be regarded as one more wife, she mentioned she had combined emotions but at that place was already in the circle.

“You leave him, you die,” the sufferer said. “So indeed, I stayed.”

She said various times that she had regarded Raven Blackwing her very best pal, each in advance of and just after she moved into the property.

The teen reported she only left the moment, and she was arrested for trespassing, assault and breaking into a dwelling.

She mentioned at the trial that jail was the most effective thing that occurred to her because it obtained her out of the house. The target, who by the time of her arrest was an adult, pleaded guilty to a felony related to the West Jordan crack-in with a provision that it would be lessened to a misdemeanor if she testified honestly.

Kain Blackwing was charged in 2014 with forcible sexual abuse for abusing the 14-yr-previous girl. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to prison. He continue to has unresolved felony prices for solicitation of murder, conspiracy of murder, and attempted murder connected with him allegedly encouraging the West Jordan split-in that led to prices against his wife and the sufferer.

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Emily Ashcraft joined KSL.com as a reporter in 2021. She covers courts and authorized affairs, as effectively as health, religion and faith news.

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