The trial for Sheridan resident Vincent Scott got underway Wednesday in 4th Judicial District Court. Scott is on trial for an incident that occurred on November 7th, 2009 in Sheridan, when he allegedly sexually assaulted and battered his ex-wife in her home, and threatened her and their son's life. Scott is also charged with physically assaulting his son while he was trying to protect his mother.
In total Scott faces three felony counts; 1st Degree Sexual Assault; Aggravated Assault and Battery; and Child Abuse. He also faces three misdemeanor charges of Domestic Battery; Interference With a 911 Call; and Violation of a Protection Order.
During opening arguments, defense attorney Shelley Cundiff said that while the defendant may admit to five out of the six crimes for which he is charged, he did not commit 1st Degree Sexual Assault; she stated that the sex between Scott and his ex-wife was consensual. Prosecuting attorney for the State, Dianna Bennett, called five witnesses to the stand, with the most compelling being the victim and her son.
During testimony from the victim, she revealed that Scott had been hiding in her basement when she arrived home and threatened to kill her and her 5-year-old son if she didn't comply with his sexual demands. The victim stated that her ex-husband sexually assaulted her twice on the night of November 7th -- once in the presence of their son and their 3-month old daughter -- and that at one point Scott had held a knife to her face and threatened to take her life.
Testimony also revealed that Scott physically abused his ex-wife and their son repeatedly over a 12-hour period, and that the victim had attempted to call 911 shortly after 8 pm, but Scott ended the call and took her cell phone from her. A return call from the Sheridan Police Department Dispatch went unanswered. The victim called 911 again on the morning of the 8th to report the crime once Scott had left. Scott was arrested later that day at a residence at which he had been staying on Tschirgi Street.
Testimony will continue Thursday with more evidence and witnesses from the State. The trial is scheduled to conclude sometime Thursday afternoon.
If found guilty of all six charges against him, Scott could face up at 70 years in prison.