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Lawyers in the Marco Brewer rape trial appeared in Benton County Circuit Court on Friday to address some issues in advance of Brewer’s retrial, which is scheduled to start Dec. 17.

Brewer, a former Corvallis High School football star, was originally tried in June on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. That trial was declared a mistrial by Judge Matthew Donohue because a prosecutor asked a question Donohue determined was prejudicial to the defendant.

Prosecutors allege Brewer, now 19, raped a 16-year-old girl after prom in May 2017.

Friday’s hearing included discussion of evidence that can be admitted during the trial. Donohue, Chief Deputy District Attorney Ryan Joslin and Brewer’s lawyer, Terri Wood, went through transcripts of police interviews with Brewer and his accuser to determine parts that needed to be redacted to remove statements that would be inadmissible.

The attorneys and Judge Donohue also agreed to slightly modify the timeline of the trial, which was originally scheduled to last as long as nine days. The lawyers for both sides agreed they probably didn’t need that long and agreed to go into recess Dec. 21 and resume the day after Christmas, so jurors didn’t have to be in court on Christmas Eve.

Brewer, who in July was given permission by the court to move to California to play football for Laney College pending his trial, did not appear in court Friday.

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Anthony Rimel covers weekend events, education, courts and crime and can be reached at anthony.rimel@lee.net, 541-758-9526, or via Twitter @anthonyrimel.

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