NEW YORK (AP) - An ex-convict has been found guilty of raping
and torturing a Columbia University graduate student over 19
Robert Williams was pronounced guilty in a Manhattan courtroom
of 44 of 46 counts.
The verdict followed a gruesome trial that included dramatic
testimony from the victim. She identified her attacker down to his
scars and gold tooth and tearfully recalled how the attack was so
agonizing that she begged him to kill her.
She also said the 31-year-old Williams made her swallow fistfuls
of painkillers, ordered her to gouge out her eyes with scissors,
sealed her lips with super glue, and gagged her with duct tape
before torching her apartment. She spent weeks in hospitals and
required months of physical therapy.
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