Trial begins for Marion County man accused of raping women

Published On: Aug 21 2012 05:23:19 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 21 2012 05:41:06 PM EDT
Michael Frye at trial

Michael Frye appears at his trial.

OCALA, Fla. -

The man accused of raping and beating at least four woman in Marion County appeared in court as his trial began Tuesday.

Investigators say Michael Frye, 38, brutally beat and raped four women in Marion County in 2011. Frye was arrested in October after being linked to the crimes through DNA tests, investigators say.

One of Frye's victims took the stand on Tuesday recalling what had happened to her on Oct. 12.

"I didn't know who he was, what he wanted. I tried to open the door," the victim said in court. "He called me a (expletive) and a (expletive), and said I would get what I deserved."

Frye arrived in court at 10 a.m. with no shackles, handcuffs or restraints and wearing a black button-down shirt with a silver tie. He appeared to have lost a significant amount of weight since his arrest.

Frye's father was also in court but was asked to leave by Judge Brian Lambert because his father will be called as a witness.

State prosecutor Bryon Aven addressed the six-person jury of three women and three men, talking about the brutal rape and giving them a preview of the evidence the state will lay out on Frye.

"Michale Frye committed armed kidnapping and three counts of sexual battery," Aven said.

Aven said DNA was obtained after the victim slashed Frye with a box cutter.

"She begins to slice, cut him in the head, the blood on her matched Frye's blood," he said.

Frye's defense attorney, Jack Nugent, said Frye admitted to having sex with the victim.

"They went to a secluded area to have sex," Nugent said. "The issue is, is Frye guilty of kidnapping her against her will?"

Nugent said his client isn't guilty and that the victim was on crack. Nugent said the sex was consensual.

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