Four Men Charged In Car Dealer Rape

Saturday, July 29th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa County prosecutors moved forward Friday on a rape case involving Owasso car salesmen.

The Tulsa County District Attorney filed multiple charges of sexual assault and rape against the four men.

Defense attorneys say much of the case depends on who is telling the truth.

Investigators say two young woman came to a cookout with about ten Classic Chevrolet used car employees.

They say four of the salesmen locked the women inside and sexually assaulted them.

Prosecutors charged Steven Nall and Randall Dunnam with sexual battery and forcible oral sodomy.

Brien McCormick was charged with sexual battery and Edward Farley charged with rape, and forcible oral sodomy.

Farley's attorney Ed Lindsay says proesecutors caved in.

"I think the media has gotten a hold on this case and their pressures brought on by the Owasso police department," says Lindsay.

"As a representative of the people, when I make a hard decision, I want so much evidence before me and information and facts, before I make a decision," says Tim Harris, Tulsa County District Attorney.

Prosecutors say before they got the case, they followed news reports, where some of the accused said they made a moral mistake, but didn't break the law.

"That doesn't happen very often, in that way, knowing that the suspects were not denying the acts, but we know that consent or lack there of was going to be a focal issue," says Harris.

So the other employees who were at the cookout become key in this case. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys say these witnesses will help them win.

"We plan on presenting that evidence in court. I won't comment on it now, but we believe in the end, the truth will come out," says Lindsay.

"Were they in a place where they can see what they said they saw, timing, consistencies, inconsistencies. All that was placed on the table before a filing decision is made," says Harris.

The evidence could be placed before a jury who would make the final decision on what happened here on June 30th.

McCormick, Dunnam and Nall are out on bond.

Farley was booked into jail Friday.

A month ago, investigators said they believed the young woman were drugged.

But the district attorney says there is no evidence drugs were used.