Former Greenwood County fire coordinator Corey Grumelot, front, and his attorney, Carson Henderson, listen to testimony during Day 4 of the trial Thursday morning at the Greenwood County Courthouse. (Matt Bruce | Index-Journal)
Defense attorneys for former Greenwood County fire coordinator Corey Grumelot began presenting the defendant's case before jurors Thursday morning inside the main courtroom of the Greenwood County Courthouse.
The trial, in which Grumelot stands accused of misconduct in office and third-degree criminal sexual conduct, ratcheted into its fourth day, and centered on Grumelot's role the night leading up to his encounter with the then-26-year-old female victim.
Grumelot faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted on both counts for which he is being tried. He has admitted to having sex with the victim at a Greenwood inn early the morning of Jan. 11, 2011.Prosecutors allege he took advantage of the woman, who was "mentally incapacitated" from using prescription drugs at the time of the incident. State's attorneys also contend Grumelot was acting in his official capacity as the county's fire coordinator when he picked the woman up at the Abbeville County line to transport her to Greenwood the night leading up to their early morning sexual encounter.
Grumelot was part of a handful of people assisting the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office by transporting vital county employees to work and back home through inclement conditions the night of Jan. 10, 2011.
A winter storm blitzed the area that evening, dumping at least 6 inches of snow on the Lakelands in what several then-county officials have testified this week was one of the worst blizzards the area endured in years.
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