Trial for man accused of sexually assaulting Wichita girl begins

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The trial for the man accused of breaking into an apartment and sexually assaulting a 7-year-old Wichita girl began Tuesday morning with opening statements and testimony. The crime happened back in June of 2017. KSN is not getting into graphic details of the testimony.

Corbin Breitenbach is charged with attempted capital murder, aggravated criminal sodomy, and aggravated burglary in the case. He is representing himself in the case. District Attorney Marc Bennett is prosecuting the case. 

During Tuesday morning testimony, the girl, the victim, took the stand for the prosecution to testify that she was carried from the bedroom to the couch. The girl said at first, when a man picked her up out of bed at a friend’s house, she thought it was her dad, but then realized the man did not have a beard like her dad. She said the person told her to take off her shirt, which she refused. She testified the person then choked her until she passed out. She told the court she had woken up in bed.

Breitenbach did not ask the girl any questions on the stand. He was several feet from the girl as she testified. However, he focused his opening statement on this to the jury. 

“She will specifically say, ‘My daddy was choking me. My daddy carried me to the couch. My daddy choked me. My daddy hurt me.'”

District Attorney Marc Bennett told the jury in his opening statement that DNA evidence links Breitenbach to the scene and to the little girl’s rape.

“The random match probability of her blood found on his shoes in Derby, however many miles it is from the scene of the crime, is one in 2.5 octillion. Even higher.”

Another witness, the resident, of the apartment the girl was staying at, testified she had woken up and found the girl crying. She said blood was dripping from the girl’s waist and down the mattress. She said the balcony door was open, and there was a pool of blood outside. She told the court she ran to the neighbor to call for help. 

Breitenbach did cross-examine her along with others who testified.  

Even though the defendant admits he only has a high school education and is not as eloquent as the district attorney, he told the jury he will prove his innocence. Testimony resumes tomorrow. 

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