MARTINEZ, Calif. (CBS/AP) A Richmond, California police officer testified at a hearing Monday against six males accused of gang-raping a sixteen-year-old girl and described the crime scene as one of the worst experiences of his career.
"She was wet and clammy," Officer Todd Kaiser testified, struggling with his words and clenching his jaw, says The San Francisco Chronicle. "I thought she was dead. The only thing touching the ground were the tops of her feet and the side of her face.
When Officer Kaiser shook her to see if she was alive, she began moaning.
Although witnesses have told police that more than 20 people participated in the two-hour rape, only six defendants, who range in age from 17 to 43, are being charged. If convicted, they could be sentenced to life in prison.
According to The San Francisco Chronicle, a seventh defendant faces charges including aiding the act of rape which could land him in prison for 26 years.
The hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence to bring the defendants to trial.
Officer Kaiser was the first witness to testify and told the courtroom that he had found condom wrappers and the victim's underwear flung on the pavement.