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Trial to start for Saudi airman in Las Vegas rape case

Mazen Alotaibi

Trial to start for Saudi airman in Las Vegas rape case

CREATED Oct. 11, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Trial is set to begin in Nevada for a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant accused of raping a 13-year-old boy last New Year's Eve at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Jury selection was nearly complete Friday morning in Las Vegas, with opening statements due to begin after noon.

Mazen Alotaibi has pleaded not guilty to nine felonies including kidnapping, sexual assault and lewdness with a child that could get him life in prison if he's convicted.

Alotaibi's defense lawyer, Don Chairez, maintains the boy offered sex for money and marijuana, and later lied to authorities.

Chairez says the 24-year-old Alotaibi was too drunk after a night drinking cognac at a strip club to understand what was happening, and should've been given a lawyer before police questioning.

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