MARTINEZ -- After she regained consciousness the next day, a 16-year-old girl who was gang raped on the Richmond High campus last year said she remembered drinking brandy with a classmate and four men, getting dizzy and falling down, a Contra Costa County nurse testified Thursday.
"After that, she doesn't remember anything until she was in the hospital with a tube down her throat," said Anamaree Rea, coordinator of Contra Costa Regional Medical Center's sexual assault response team. "She remembered someone holding the bottle up so she couldn't stop taking a drink from it."
Rea testified at the ongoing preliminary hearing for seven men and teens charged in connection with the Oct. 24, 2009, assault in which police said the girl was raped, beaten and robbed over two hours as spectators watched in a dark courtyard on the Richmond High School campus.
Rea and another nurse examined the girl in her hospital bed about 16 hours after police found her partially nude and unconscious under a picnic table and had a helicopter fly her to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
"Just as I was coming in (the hospital room), she was begging to not have to go back to that school," Rea said.
The girl told Rea that she was bored at the school's homecoming dance that night, so she went outside to call her father for a ride. Her school friend -- identified as defendant Cody Ray Smith, 16, of San Pablo -- told her to come over and hang out with him and three men she did not know by name but described as Mexican and about 21 years old. Defendant Elvis Josue Torrentes, 23, of Richmond, then joined the group, according to Rea's account of the girl's statement.
The girl said she was voluntarily drinking from a bottle of brandy. She stood up, felt dizzy and fell down before someone picked her up. She told Rea that no one forced her to drink or consume drugs.
Rea testified that the girl appeared "very withdrawn" and was covered in scrapes from her face to her feet. Her face was swollen to the point of disfigurement and she had one black eye, Rae said. Embedded in her skin was grass and other debris.
"She was feeling pain all over," Rea said. "She complained of everything hurting."
Earlier in the day, Richmond police crime scene investigator Bashar Zeiden testified about items from the courtyard that he booked into evidence.
Among the items were empty cans of Four Loko, an alcoholic energy drink; an empty 750-milliliter bottle of E&J brandy; a silver high heel inside a pair of nylons; and condom wrappers with the brand name "XL Proper Attire."
Zeiden said another detective had him book into evidence a pair of faded black jeans and 17-year-old defendant Ari Abdallah Morales' Richmond High School ID card that were confiscated from Morales' San Pablo home. Inside the front coin pocket of the jeans was a condom, Zeiden said.
Also charged in the case are John Crane, 43, of Richmond; Marcelles James Peter, 18, of Pinole; Manuel Ortega, 20, of Richmond; and Jose Carlos Montano, 19, of Richmond. All of the juvenile defendants are charged as adults. All but Torrentes are charged with a special allegation that makes them eligible for life in prison, if convicted. Torrentes is facing 26 years.
The preliminary hearing continues today with further testimony from Rea, the seventh of 19 witnesses scheduled to take the stand. At the end of the hearing, Judge Gregory Caskey will rule whether there is enough evidence to bring the defendants to trial.
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