Attorneys exchange heated words in Posey Co. trial

Attorneys exchange heated words in Posey Co. trial

POSEY CO., IN (WFIE) - Attorneys exchange heated words during the trial of a Posey County man accused of kidnapping and raping an Evansville woman.

Most of the testimony Wednesday came from crime scene detectives and forensic analysts, but jurors also heard from Lori House, Ricky House's sister.

It was during her testimony that things took a turn.

At one point, the prosecutor asked why she refused to talk with him recently.  She replied that she wasn't comfortable.

The defense attorney then revealed he had warned Lori that the prosecutor may reach out to her.

He told her the prosecutor sometimes bullies witnesses.

That statement led to an objection and back and forth between both sides.

Ultimately, the judge sent the jury out and sternly warned the attorneys to not argue.  He said he wouldn't allow the trail to proceed in an "out of control manner."

A short recess followed.

"My main focus is to seek justice for Joelle in this case, and I'm very passionate about it, and I'm seeking that with everything I have," said Posey County Prosecutor Travis Clowers.  "And sometimes when that's going on, there will be harsh words, and there will be tense moments, but you know, I can't apologize for that."

"I want to make sure that my witnesses are not forced into not testifying or scared to testify because I've had that happen a couple times," said William Gooden, House's defense attorney.

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