Thursday, March 1, 2012

Teen girl's rape lie led to murder of 17-year-old boy

Stephen Lyne was just 17-years-old when he was stabbed to death in June 2009 because a teenage girl lied that he had raped her.  The young man who stabbed Stephen has subsequently died in an unrelated incident.  Now, the deceased assailant's male conspirator is on trial. 

In the course of the trial, Jessica Klork, 18, took the stand and admitted under oath to lying about being raped by Stephen Lyne. Klok admitted that she communicated the lie to the assailant. The assailant stabbed and killed Stephen in retaliation for the alleged rape of Klok.

"I lied that Stephen Lyne had raped me," the rape accuser told the court. "It was just a blatant, disgusting lie." 

The young victim's sister, Sophia Lyne, testified that before her brother's death, the assailant repeated the rape allegation to her and was "really mad and angry" about it. Ms. Lyne said that the assailant had told her that he was "going to get Stephen himself for this" and that he was going to stab him.

Another witness verified that the rape lie was the assailant's motivation for the stabbing.

Stephen's mother broke down on the stand as she described the last time she saw her son alive.