A Columbus Recorder’s Court judge ordered on Tuesday that two men charged with rape be held with no bond after hearing that they forced two 16-year-old girls onto a bed at the same time at a Vicky Avenue house party early Sunday.
One witness, however, testified that one of the girls told him she planned on having sex at the party as they walked to the home. The defendants have said the sex was consensual, police said.
Shaquille L. Porter, 17, and Quentin Lamar Dowell, 20, both are accused of raping the girls. Porter faces two counts of rape and is accused of raping both girls. Dowell faces one count of rape. Both pleaded not guilty.
Details in the testimony differed, though the girls agreed that they walked from one of their homes with Dowell and Porter to Porter’s home after 11 p.m. Saturday. One of the girls knows Porter, though both girls said they’ve never had sex with them before.
“We were just chilling,” one of the girls told Judge Mary Buckner. “I wanted to get out of the house.”
Once they got to the Vicky Avenue home, they went straight to a bedroom, the girls testified. One said she had a beer before leaving her house. The other said she had a beer at Porter’s home.
While some people were smoking marijuana at Porter’s home, neither girl said she smoked.
After being in the bedroom for about an hour, the men allegedly assaulted both girls simultaneously, witnesses said. One of the girls was pushed to the bed and had her tights pulled off, Detective Valerie Stinson testified.
“She stated that she screamed, but the music was loud in other parts of the residence,” Stinson added.
One of the boys who walked to Porter’s home with the girls said one of the girls told him she planned on having sex at the party. He added that he saw the same girl drinking liquor in the bedroom.
The boy testified that he heard no music in the home and no screams.
One of the girls told Buckner that she didn’t leave the home before the alleged rapes even though one of the defendants was grabbing her and asking for sex. After the alleged rapes, the girls called one of their sisters and left the home. Police were called, and officers collected evidence from Porter’s home, including 7 grams of suspected marijuana, the bedsheets and the girl’s tights, Stinson said.
Porter was arrested at his Vicky Avenue home and booked into the Muscogee County Jail at 4:04 a.m. Sunday on charges of obstruction of an officer and disorderly conduct. The rape charges weren’t added until Dowell, arrested at the Columbus Public Safety Building, was booked into jail at 9:42 a.m., jail officials said.
“They both said they had sex with the victims, but they said the sex was consensual,” Stinson said.
Porter and Dowell’s cases were bound over to Muscogee County Superior Court.