DAPHNE, AL (WKRG) — The rape trial for a Daphne teenager accused of raping a fellow student has been pushed back.
A Baldwin County judge continued the jury trial for 19-year-old Cameron Harrison on Thursday. The decision delays the beginning of the trial until March 2017.
Harrison is charged with first-degree rape and was kicked out of school after police say he raped an unconscious 16-year old classmate at an open house party. Harrison, who was a standout football player for the Spanish Fort Toros, was subsequently kicked off the football team.
Harrison was scheduled to stand trial on November 7 before the defense motioned for a continuance on Thursday. Harrison’s attorney said they needed more time bringing out-of-town witnesses, who are now in college, back to Baldwin County for testimony.
In a surprise move in July, Harrison withdrew with youthful offender status, preferring to be tried as an adult in front of a twelve-member jury.
“It is a risk,” defense attorney Mike Dasinger said in July. “It was a tough decision for Cameron and his family to make and they made that decision.”
Both the Daphne Police Department and the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office are no longer talking to News 5 on camera, but say the evidence they have against Harrison is “solid.”
News 5 will have trial coverage in March.